No One Left To Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family
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No One Left To Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family

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Book by Hitchens, Christopher
Paperback, 150 pages
Published July 17th 2000 by Verso (first published 1999)
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Josh
Sep 06, 2008 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 &...more
Cns
Read this before you vote for Hillary...
G. Branden
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
James Richards
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,...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...more
Rebeck
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...more
Trekscribbler
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
John
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
todd
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
Jack Wolfe
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).
Kevin Kizer
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
Julie Leonard
A great read but it only earned 3 stars simply because I felt that Hitchens anger and disgust with the Clintons was a little to strident. It distracted from many of his well aimed points. It skewers the Erroneous claim of many of Clinton's followers that he was the "black" president by supporting so many of the African American causes, by using the examples of his attack on single mothers, the execution of the mental challenged African American inmate in Arkansas and the promises he made that ne...more
Phil
Jan 22, 2008 Phil rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: High School Civics Classes
Music to the ears of those who find America's love affair with the Clinton Crime Family a symptom of hopeless decline. Christopher Hitchens lowers his head and charges,painting a vivid picture of a clique of toadies and lapdogs led by a vain and empty pair of egomaniacs. He doesnt attack the liberalism of the Clintons but their absolute insincerity and dishonesty. He does it with consummate humor and style.A must read for all Americans.
Sjo
Jul 13, 2009 Sjo rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
Christopher Hitchen is no friend to the Clintons. After suffering through the 2009 Dem Primary and HRC's very Clintonian political approach, I decided to read the most blistering condemnation of the Clintons I could find. Hitchens, with typical vitriol, anger and wit aims to please with funny anecdotes and analysis. It's a bit scandalous and conspriatorial at times, but what true account of the Clintons wouldn't be?
Aaron Kent
I don't know the first thing about politics. What I do know is that its always good to get a number of different viewpoints / opinions of any one politician/party. Hitchen's book does not paint a rosy picture of the man or the administration. A good read, and it's left me wanting to find another book or two, to flesh out a bit more of the nineties polictical landscape.
Alex Gherzo
I was in the mood for Christopher Hitchens (I've been trying to space out my reading his books since he passed away) and, since I know how much he hated the Clintons, I picked up this one figuring it would be entertaining. And it was! Hitchens tears into the forty-first President with anger and righteous indignation. Many things I had heard before, but some of the most alarming I didn't, in particular the series of rape allegations against Clinton (at least some of which sound pretty credible, a...more
Carrie
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
Cheyenne Blue
I've enjoyed Hitchens' atheistic ranting, so I thought I'd see what he has to say about the Clintons. Hitchens has bolstered my thoughts that there are no good guys in politics, and that it's never a good idea to allow political dynasties.
James
A gripping diatribe; No One Left to Lie To scathingly and systematically delineates the malfeasances of Clinton & co., an administration as "crooked and reactionary" as it was fruitless and malicious.
Doug
This book is driven by Hitchens' obsessive and hilarious hatred of the Clintons. It's short and it reminded me of what a complete asshole Bill Clinton was/is.
Mr.
"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...more
Doug
Hitchens can be, or at least was, very funny, as here in this 1999 book-length essay on the former president. I stopped reading his columns after his 9/11 right turn into bloodlust, but his other book of comparable force, on Kissinger, is also worth reading, if not nearly as witty.

Perhaps because Clinton was "a hard dog to keep on the porch", which made me laugh to no short end, that Hitchens is so pleasantly acerbic in this work. The reader is left with no illusions as to the mendacity and vill...more
Samuel Wooil
I started reading this book knowing that "Bill Clinton is one of America's greatest President" was a gross overstatement. Of course, I was also aware that the sex scandal wasn't his only mistake. But even with a bit of background knowledge, I found it hard to digest the number of names thrown at me without a brief explanation of what those names meant, and who they were to Clinton's White House. I've had to read certain pages over again just to make sure I didn't miss any descriptions of people...more
Wilson Mui
As always Hitchens' prose is unrivaled. His quips are amusing, rarely detracting (as long as your not at the end of that lash), and hair-raisingly abrasive.

I read this book hoping to have another perspective of President Clinton, because I've always admired Clinton, and I knew Hitchens detested him with his every being, and I wanted to get a glimpse into that hate. I'm not sure if I share Hitchens' sentiment even after having read this book. I've heard about President Clinton's political nastine...more
Carrie Smith
The maw of mendacity imbued within the Clinton era is portrayed with clarity in Christopher Hitchen's "No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family".

This book will be uncomfortable for some, particularly those that bought into the political marketing of the Clinton's both Hilary and Bill.

Hitchen's describes a deliberate political process he calls 'Triangulation". Clinton is shown to have campaigned on a platform that focused on the left and produced results for the right. The debacle a...more
E130478
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
Ryan Curell
Hitchens doesn't cover any ground that conservative pundits have said in other (numerous) books critical of Bill Clinton. However, I was interested in what a liberal had to say about Clinton, and I took greater interest in this book due to its publication such a short time after the president's acquittal in the Senate.

Hitchens most effectively critiques Clinton's political and personal strategy as an indefinable formulation of conservative and liberal policies. I found it interesting that Hitche...more
Mike
A very short book about the doublefaced nature of the Clintons, mostly Bill. The premise of the book is that Clinton has used the concept of "triangulation" to achieve and maintain power. Simply put, triangulation is taking like a populist but acting like an oligarch. The author, Christopher Hitchens, makes the points that Clinton came to power on a message of helping those in need, and when in office, he essentially eliminated the existing welfare system, abandoned universal health care, rented...more
Henry
Hitchens' tome has two noticeable flaws, both tied into the book's brevity: one is that he takes for granted, at times, a familiarity with names and dates and things that are no longer really a part of the cultural landscape; second, he takes it a bit easy on the right, practically painting them as upstanding men of morals engaged in an honest campaign against Clinton.

But this isn't meant to be a long, evenhanded reading of the Clinton years; rather, it's a scathing one-sided rant against the fo...more
Ben Bush
My coworkers recently were shocked that I didn't know who Dick Morris was. A problem I won't have again soon after reading this book. If I get Hitchens idea on triangulation here, it's that while being attacked by the right, Clinton basically enacts their agenda for them in order to appease them, while the left, who perhaps ought to be more critical, instead enlists themselves in defending the Democratic leader. While not entirely convincing, this book is enough to take some of the edge off of m...more
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