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No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton

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In No One Left to Lie To, a New York Times bestseller, Christopher Hitchens casts an unflinching eye on Bill Clinton and his presidency and offers a searing indictment of a president who sought to hold power at any cost.

With blistering wit and meticulous documentation, the incomparable Christopher Hitchens masterfully deconstructs Clinton's terms as President of the Unite
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ebook, 304 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Signal (first published 1999)
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June
Sep 26, 2007 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this before you vote for Hillary...
Edward
Aug 06, 2016 Edward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, nonfiction
Christopher Hitchens was not what you would call a team player. His refusal to be pinned down as aligning neatly to the Left or Right of the political spectrum is a source of repeated consternation for his supporters, many of whom still cannot reconcile their admiration of the man himself with his support of neoconservative policies like the Iraq War. He was a self-confessed contrarian, but more importantly he possessed an unwavering moral compass which compelled him (with seeming indifference t ...more
James Richards
Apr 12, 2012 James Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is quite rare to see Bill Clinton's name appearing in any 'worst' President lists, certainly when compared with the likes of Nixon and W. This despite the impeachment proceedings brought against him over the Lewinsky affair. This is no doubt due largely to the period of economic prosperity associated with his Presidency.

Hitchens contention in this book is that Clinton was a serial liar, guilty of treating appallingly a great number of women. Clinton is accused of (amongst other things) rape,
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Josh
Sep 06, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone curious about having their mind expertly changed
Recommended to Josh by: Marc Emert-Hutner
Bill Clinton took the highest office when I was 10, left when I was 18, and I always looked on him as the sly, cool dude Prez, who, in the glowing aura of Dubya's historical shitheap of a Presidency, I've many times said how "cool" it'd be to get him back. Suffice it to say, I don't anymore.
Christopher Hitchens is perhaps best known for his recent best-seller, God Is Not Great, which you may or may not be interested in, and which I haven't read, but he's merely a journalist & polemicist &
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G. Branden
Jun 14, 2011 G. Branden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a fit of contrarianism--a trait which this author surely cannot hold against me--in the twilight of George W. Bush's eight years in the White House I elected to read Christopher Hitchens's polemical retrospective on the Clinton presidency. The author's preface does exactly what it should do, and cuts to the chase in the first two sentences: "This little book...is offered in the most cheerful and open polemical spirit, as an attack on a crooked president and a reactionary administration." I do ...more
Kerrie
For the last 10 years I've been saying that I wish Clinton could be president again. After reading this book I'm now saying "Oh, HELL no!"

I didn't reach voting age until after Clinton got re-elected. I wasn't following politics at the time. Since then, I did read Ann Coulter's diatribe against Clinton, but the deranged rantings about how the Clintons murdered Vince Foster and so on immediately negated credibility (and that it was Ann Coulter!). Delusional fantasy like that is where Hitchens refu
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Dan
Sep 01, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given the title and tagline, a legitimate question is "Why read this book?" Is it merely provocative? A work to be shared by the community of Clinton haters? Come for the Clinton bashing, stay for the wonderful and witty prose. Is there any journalistic value to reading this book as the other half of the "Worst Family" is running for president?

My opinion on Bill Clinton prior to reading this book was consistent with the party line/myth: up from poverty, extremely intelligent, battled a hostile c
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John
Apr 04, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The late Christopher Hitchens was irreverent, gifted, iconoclastic and brave. No target too big, no challenge too great. Anyone who can take aim at Kissinger, Mother Theresa, Radical Islamists and who would volunteer to stand alongside and take a bullet for Salman Rushdie after the fatwa was handed down by Ayatollah, well, he either knows a good defamation attorney, has a good home security system or simply has no fears. So it is not surprising he takes on Bilary in this entertaining, savaging t ...more
Carrie
Apr 22, 2014 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this one shortly after venting my frustrations with all things Clinton to a friend. No one does a take-down quite like Hitchens (for whom I have complicated feelings, possessing a brilliant mind that turned ugly in later years [partly due perhaps to years of alcoholism, but that's a separate issue]) but his vitriol gets the better of him on this one, often obscuring his very valid points about Clinton's war crimes, sex crimes, false promises, and disgusting tactics. Hitchens at certain poin ...more
Kevin Kizer
Apr 22, 2012 Kevin Kizer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be the first book I've read knowing there was an agenda behind it (I tend towards straight history). But since it was written by Hitchens and I've read quite a few books about Clinton, it seemed appropriate to "round out the knowledge" so to speak. Plus, Hitchens, of all writers, is above all a trustworthy narrator. The book obviously takes aim at the Clintons with evidence both real and circumstantial but Hitchens always admits as much. And that typical Hitchens humor is found in gre ...more
R.
Oct 22, 2015 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a pity that this is not more widely read on the Left, or what's left of it (I suppose Hitchens' ill-considered support for the Iraq War destroyed his reputation as a man of the Left, and rendered it invisible to the younger set). The short version is that the Clintons seduced the Democratic Party into abandoning not only all of its principles, but all principle whatsoever. And Hillary was there from the beginning, and as our future first female president in training, earned her chops by co ...more
E130478
Oct 27, 2013 E130478 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was not impressed with this book. None of Hitchen's arguments ever surpass the threshold of mere gossip-mongering, providing instead a swath of conspiracy through which the reader must wade to reach a rather incongruent conclusion. Perhaps the best argument comes late in the book, when Hitchen details the dubious case of the Al-Shifa factory bombing and its related cover-up, but even then the connection between premise and conclusion is string-thin at best. Hitchens does a wonderful job charac ...more
todd
Jun 13, 2008 todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went to a luncheon presentation recently by the author and was quite taken by his perception and wit. Then I looked at the broad range of his published books. Having said some rather provocative comments about the president at lunch, I figured this book was a good place to start and I was not disappointed. Completed in the last days of the Clinton presidential administration and just before the start of Hillary's stint as N.Y. Senator, Hitchens catalogues Clinton abuses dating back well before ...more
Rebeck
May 01, 2012 Rebeck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
a friend made me borrow this after we drank 6 beers each and watched a bunch of hilarious clips on youtube of hitchens being a dick.

very fun vitriol, though comes across as if it were written at the same speed at which i breezed through it. so heat-of-the-moment that it suffers now for lack of background and context on some of the people/events mentioned. had to do a bit of side-googling to refresh my memory on some things. and i am 100% sure counterexample upon counterexample were conveniently
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Angus McKeogh
Mar 10, 2016 Angus McKeogh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still miss Hitchens. Had to bone up on the evils of the Clinton political machine before the November elections. Hillary is just as culpable and grotesquely power hungry as Bill. I don't envy America's upcoming choices. Nuts, nuts, greasy politicians, and evil careerist politicians are the four choices left. Great book. Learned a load about Clinton's term in office that was swept under the rug back in the '90s and even about his sleaze in the '70s. Hitch slap!
Karla
Over the course of the past decade, I've gotten real tired of the Clintons & this only reinforced that feeling. Wish they'd just go away & take all their baggage with them. I will say that Billary's conduct in the primaries for 2008 is rather less surprising when viewed in the light of what Hitchens asserts here.

Most likely she'll be the nominee for 2016. The party elite apparatus has already decided. Most unenthusiastic vote I may ever cast.
Andre Harden
May 15, 2016 Andre Harden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the election approaches some regard Hillary Clinton as a lesser evil. That will be a hard view to maintain if one reads this book. Is it a full revelation of the facts? How could it be when 121 of the special witnesses called to testify against Clinton's corruption either pled the fifth amendment to avoid incriminating themselves or out right fled the country? In the absence of their honest testimony, the reader is presented with the evidence that does exist, and invited to bring their common ...more
Caleb
May 16, 2016 Caleb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even after 16 years, this little book is essential reading for anyone interested in a witty and accessible primer on the scandals of the Clinton administration. It insists, against its mainstream liberal contemporaries, that Bill Clinton's personal duplicity is inseparable from his politics. According to Hitchens, Clinton did nothing more than manipulate the Left with pandering rhetoric while pursuing destructive neoliberal social and economic policies. Hitchens also accuses Clinton of using his ...more
ATJG
Jun 07, 2016 ATJG added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
In lieu of a review, I offer the following piece of correspondence sent on the eve of the California primary to B---:

You will, I hope, forgive my extended silence. As a rule, I use the internet only when being paid to do other things (so never at home) and the source of my remuneration has required of me a much more vigorous output due to a recent string of quittings. Here I am though with a quarter hour to while away in your fine company, discussing our present predicament which I have decided
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piranha
Feb 20, 2016 piranha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Hitchens is probably my favourite polemicist, when I am in a rare mood for polemics, and I used to agree with him quite a bit politically as well, until he made that weird neoconservative turn in regards to Islamophobia and pro-war. I still miss him, especially in this climate where most journalists seem to have abrogated their contract with the public and are just as beholden to special interests as politicians. We're flooded with so much information and so little true analysis. Huxley was righ ...more
Trekscribbler
May 23, 2013 Trekscribbler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the problems with general snarkyness (or is that snarkiness?) is that, when it is written, it’s sometimes difficult to interpret. I’m sure all of us have encountered such an experience on the web when we wrote something that was intended to be a bit of a joke; someone read it and misinterpreted it poorly; and we’re left trying to explain ourselves, which usually boils down to a quick aside like, “dude, I was j-o-k-i-n-g.” Having to point out that you made a joke essentially ruins the joke ...more
Pete daPixie
Mar 09, 2016 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-u-s
The mother of all polemical rants from Christopher Hitchens. In this U.S. election year that looks likely to offer the electorate the choice of a Republican property tycoon, rapist, liar, bully with arrested development, or the Democratic Hillary Clinton...'No One Left To Lie To', in no uncertain way declares that there is no one left to vote for.
Hitchens slashes with razor wit at all things Clinton. Although the beam is focussed on #42, dredging up the dirt from his pre Arkansas Governor days,
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Jack Wolfe
Jun 11, 2014 Jack Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential Hitchslapping of a man (and now, a legacy) who liberals/the left have been far too quick to forgive. It's also required reading for anyone who would claim to be "Ready for Hillary" in 2016 (a prospect which Hitchens would be terrified about, and that I can't now exactly psych myself up for, either).
Justin Tapp
Nov 29, 2015 Justin Tapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics
Hitchens' work is probably the first I would give someone asking "why should I be concerned about another Clinton presidency?" or someone who espouses Clinton as one of our greatest Presidents. Presidents always see approval ratings rise after they leave office and the cognitive dissonance is amazing. Hitchens writes his book not as part of the "vast, right-wing conspiracy" but an aggrieved liberal living in Washington, D.C. and being friends with many connected to the Administration, with the a ...more
Benjamin Montero
Feb 05, 2013 Benjamin Montero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Required reading - a lesson in how partisan politics combined with a cowed media not only allows but enables powerful men to commit (and keep on & on committing) despicable acts without consequence.
Greg Brozeit
Feb 13, 2016 Greg Brozeit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-policy
Bill Clinton understood, as Huey Long did before him, that “the essence of American politics…when distilled, consists of the manipulation of populism by elitism.” In this short, readably dense volume written at the end of the Clinton administration, Hitchens lays out the case of how the American public was blinded and manipulated to buy a myth. Unfortunately, Hitchens is no longer with us. I’m sure he would have recognized a reprise of sorts in Hillary Clinton’s current campaign for the presiden ...more
Charles
Jan 07, 2015 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his seventh year in office President Bill Clinton avoided impeachment. The final Senate votes weren’t close. Once again his well-oiled crisis management machine, with strong vocal support from his supporters on the Left, had rallied to save Clinton from the consequences of his actions. Some celebrated, some lamented, some MovedOn. Christopher Hitchens wrote this book.

At the time Hitchens had not yet left the Nation and did not so easily defy political classification. He was a member of the Le
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Mr.
Oct 07, 2008 Mr. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"This little book has no `hidden agenda.' It is offered in the most cheerful and open polemical spirit, as an attack on a crooked president and a corrupt and reactionary administration" (1).

So says Christopher Hitchens in the preface. All though it may be the case that the book is cheerful and polemical it is also, I'm afraid to say, fairly clumsy and transparently superficial.

Hitchens begins in the preface with the possibility that Clinton may have impregnated and African American woman durin
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Stephen
Mar 09, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks that Bill Clinton should be removed from the list of best presidents
Recommended to Stephen by: not sure where I read it, but in an anti-hillary blog and I am anti-Hillary
Well, do I have egg on my face. I was the consummate Bill Clinton lover. The man could do no wrong. The man was charismatic and the leader we needed. He cared about the poor and downtrodden. BULLSHIT!

The man was a fucking liar. A fucking liar. It is all out there if you are willing to dig, but you don't have to thanks to Mr. Hitchens. I am sorry the author has died; I wish the same thing were to happen to both Bill & Hill. She is the last thing this country needs. Like Jeb!, enough of the fu
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Glesnertod
I would have like about 50 to 100 more pages of introductory material surrounding the various 'triangulations'. You have to already know quite a bit about the stories the author journals about and unless you are a political science major and are still keenly aware of all the players, procedures and policies that played out during Clintons career - then this report is a bit of a whirlwind. In addition, it is desirable to me for the author to cite and verify from multiple sources where available a ...more
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Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist and literary critic. He was a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets. Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best-selling books — the most famous being God Is Not Great — made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He was ...more
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