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The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The journalist who co-wrote the original article breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal for the "Washington Post" reveals the complete story behind the headlines: a riveting, in-depth account of an event unique in American history -- the first impeachment of an elected president.
"For all of the titillation about thongs and cigars, the story of the impeachment and trial of
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 18th 2000 by Scribner Book Company (first published September 1st 2000)
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Apr 20, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Knox Jolie-Pitt
A solid effort from journalist Baker, although I definitely could have done without Susan Collins' insipid diary entries ("Ironically, having been through this crisis may make it easier, not harder, for us to work together. This experience has changed each of us individually, and as a Senate, forever.") and the standard hackneyed Beltwayese adjectives. Politicians are fresh-faced (Evan Bayh), crusty (Ted Stevens, three times crusty), maverick (Peter King, Lowell Weicker, Russell Feingold, and of ...more
This is a nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes look at Congress and the White House during the House impeachment and Senate trial. It's a fascinating display of the way the major parties practice politics. Contrary to most appearances, Republicans and Democrats don't hate each other, at an institutional level. And rarely do their public words and utterances match their private beliefs and actions.

Peter Baker covered the White House for the Washington Post from 1996 to 1999, so he witnessed many of th
Sep 16, 2007 Nathan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Newt Gingrich fans.
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The Breach was not what I was expecting. Going into it, I was pretty sure it would be a political hack job against the Republicans without revealing much of the actual process that led to President Clinton's impeachment. Thankfully, Baker surprised me. The Breach reveals the absurdity of it all, without the daily, opinion-shifting political winds of the newspapers and talk shows of the time or the pro or con books showing up every Tuesday on the "new books" rack at your libraries and Borders. Th ...more
An in-depth account of the Clinton Impeachment, this book caused me to vascillate between disgust with our current political situation, including the failures of our constitutional system, and renewed hope for our leaders and constitutional system. I like Bill Clinton less, his advisors more, the House less, the Senate more, Tom Delay less (if that were possible), Henry Hyde more, and so on. In all, a thoughtful and engaging account of one of the more unfortunate chapters in our history.
As someone who believes the country went crazy during this impeachment crisis, and that the whole tawdry episode was the result of jealous Republicans, this was a refreshing inside look at the whole affair. I can't count how many times I cursed Tom DeLay and his posse while I read this book. I can't decide if he looked more rediculous foaming at the mouth during the impeachment crisis, or on Dancing with the Stars.
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Excellent inside baseball look at the politics surrounding the Clinton impeachment episode. While this is almost ancient history at this point, the story is insightful regardless of your political leanings. Probably more of a case than I had expected.
A solid tick-tock telling of how the Clinton impeachment played out between Congress and the White House. A good book to read after reading Michael Isikoff's Uncovering Clinton.
bland but probably the most comprehensive early nuts-and-bolts account of what happened
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Peter Baker has been a journalist for the Washington Post and the New York Times. He covered President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, resulting in the book The Breach. As the Post's Moscow bureau chief, he wrote the book Kremlin Rising. He is married to the journalist Susan Glasser.
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