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The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President Paperback – May 30, 2006

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Reading this book-instead of just the pre-pub discussion around it-makes one thing perfectly clear: it will not, as has been hoped or feared, do for any Clinton presidential campaign what Unfit For Command did for the Kerry one. This clip & paste job by a former editor of the New York Times magazine is unlikely to change a single mind, let alone vote-to paraphrase the political commentator, conservative Tucker Carlson, readers who already hate lightning-rod Clinton know why they hate her. Those who like her won't find their minds changed by any of the ersatz revelations in this ultimately uninteresting book. Klein, also the author of several books about the Kennedys, conducted some live interviews for this one, but he also borrowed liberally (pun intended) from dozens of published books and articles. What "news" he turns up is too minor to make even Entertainment Tonight: the former First Lady drinks decaffeinated coffee, likes to sleep late in the morning (unlike her early-riser husband) and is self conscious about her thick legs. Oh, and as a Wellesley student in the 1970s, she had lesbian friends and didn't shave her legs or underarms. Klein seems intent on rehashing the rehash in this too-boring-to-even-be-execrable title. While glossing over such provocative-and substantive-Clinton issues as Whitewater, Travel-gate and Vince Foster's suicide, he concentrates nearly half of his 250 pages on-you guessed it-Monica Lewinsky. His central point: Hillary wasn't surprised, as she wrote in her memoir Living History, by an early morning confession from Bill about Monica. She had in fact known about the president's chronic womanizing-and Monica specifically-for some time. Her "wronged wife" act was just that: spin to garner sympathy for her own political ends. It's certainly true that Hillary came through the Monica mess as a more sympathetic character to many voters, but I don't remember Clinton so much as cultivating a wronged wife image as having one thrust upon her by the media. And in any case, who cares? There's no doubt that the Lewinsky affair was embarrassing and hurtful to the then-First Lady; she neither created nor enjoyed it. Besides, who hasn't put a different face on painful personal behavior that somehow went public? Another of Klein's points is that Hillary is ambitious-and that in her quest for power, she has put off lots of people including, he says, the revered late New York senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and his campaign manager wife, Liz. (Moynihan's daughter has denied any problems in her parents' relationship with the senator.) Again, the word that comes to mind is "Duh." I'd be tempted to pull out that old saw about how if Clinton were a man, "ambitious" would be a compliment, but since she's a woman, it's a synonym for that word that rhymes with "rich." I'd do that, but that would be too Klein-ian of me: superficial, clichéd and gender obsessed. But maybe I'm wrong about one thing: perhaps The Truth will change some votes. After reading it, those who've been tepid about the senator might indeed rally around her. After all, Klein makes it clear that any time someone tries to humiliate her publicly, she somehow manages to come out on top. -Sara Nelson.
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"This is not a scandal book intended merely to gratify the reader’s salacious interests. Instead, Mr. Klein has written a serious political and psychological biography of the most likely next Democratic nominee for president—and thus, quite plausibly I fear, the next president of the United States."
—Tony Blankley, The Washington Times

"We’ve already seen what [the media] are willing to do to protect Hillary Clinton. They trashed a perfectly respectable, though highly critical, biography of Hillary by veteran newsman Ed Klein."
—Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard

"The press is not curious about what Klein is saying. They are circling the wagons, trying to defend Hillary."
—Rush Limbaugh

"I’ve never in the history of this program had more demands to cancel a guest."
—Sean Hannity

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel Trade (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230232
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (553 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not for Hillary lovers. Her quest for power is unbelievable. I knew she was a liar, but a pathological liar. She never had motherhood skills. She has known about Bill and his girls from the very beginning. For better polling, she plays the victim, when she knew of every affair Bill ever had. If every voter read this book, she would never get elected to the Presidency. She is clearly a dirt bag.

Update 8/25/2013

She now admits to having a lot of baggage. She will not however, admit to the complicity in the Benghazi incident. I think she belongs in jail. She said during a Senate hearing, "what difference does it make?" The difference it makes is that she may very well be culpable for her lack of responsibility during the incident. She also allowed the sex scandals in the State Department on her watch but says nothing about it. Perhaps she is a good lawyer but not a good citizen and therefore would not make a good President. What did she really accomplish as Secretary of State? What happened to her health plan when her husband was President? Has she ever really done anything to help this country in any way?
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I've heard alot about this book - mainly about how poorly written, how factually inaccurate and how malicious it was. That surprised me because I know that Ed Klein is not some conservative nutjob. He is in fact a product of The New York Times and other established media. So my curiosity was raised.. and I read the book for myself.

What I found is a well-written, easy read, and most importantly a reasoned and documented discussion of the women who may well be our next president. Unlike some other reviews, I find it important to know about the personal characteristics of one who would be president. I felt it was important to know whether George W. Bush neglected his duty in the Air National Guard, and I felt it was important to know whether John Kerry lied about or fabricated his Vietnam experiences. So I feel it's also important to know what Hillary's core values are, how she developed those beliefs, how she applied those beliefs and how she's adjusted those beliefs. This book gives some of the best insight into those questions.

Klein does not appear to be on some kind of political rant, nor does his background suggest it. It is clear that he's found some disturbing elements of Hillary's background (both politcal and personal) and is highlighting them. That is a worthy and necessary job.

That Hillary's people don't like what he's written is understandable. The lengths that they've gone to discredit and destroy the author is not. But that is another part of Hillary's disturbing elements.

Read the book for yourself. I'm not sure if Hillary's people have.
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If the author has been blackballed from the Mainstream (Clinton) media, which includes Network TV, and the print media, which he certainly was, and his book is slated to appear on the NY Times Bestseller list for the fifth straight week, imagine the outpouring of interest this book would receive if it just enjoyed normal reviews.

My feelings and beliefs about HRC have been more than substantiated as I read this thoroughly proofessional expose. She may be considered to be smart, but I can't remember hearing praises for her good character and just plain honesty. It also is embarassing that we have the NY Times downplaying Ed Kleins novel while it is enjoying its rightful place on the best seller list in that very same paper, and that they have the nerve to claim they represent the American people.

In my opinion, Mr. Klein deserves high praises for this courageous portrayal of the truth about Hillary, when he knew he would be landslided by the Clinton media machine.
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This is an example of well-researched political history; it's also an example of the character assassination capable of the Clinton machine.

When Edward Klein first published this revealing look at the power hungry, duplicitous character of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hillary's operatives set out to besmirch Klein and his book on national TV, the print media, and even here in Amazon.com, hence the 187 one star reviews for a book that is a complete and accurate account.

Klein performed months of research and hundreds if interviews - many of which were with former White House staff, Clinton friends, and Hillary's closest confidants and operatives. Meticulous research was accurately revealed and it exposed the real character of Hillary. It revealed that she has no core beliefs, at least none that couldn't be reversed for immediate political gain.

The book exposes the facts that she has attempted to reposition herself as a God-fearing, church going, flag-waving, hawkish representative of the people. However, Klein opens the facts as they reveal a power hungry political hack that has no integrity, character or core values.

However, the most relevant revelations came after the release of Klein's book. Media surrogates, leftists, and shady groups like Media Matters waged a full-scale attack on an unassailable giant of media. Lies and distortions abounded and still raise their ugly heads as this and similar reviews continue to come forward.

Klein has produced additional books such as Blood Feud, but this work is seminal. Highly recommended for all voters!
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