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The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

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When Hillary Clinton spoke of "a vast right-wing conspiracy" determined to bring down the president, many people dismissed the idea. Yet if the first lady's accusation was exaggerated, the facts that have since emerged point toward a covert and often concerted effort by Bill Clinton's enemies--abetted by his own reckless behavior--which led inexorably to impeachment. Clint ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 3rd 2001 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2000)
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Everydayreader1
Jun 16, 2015 Everydayreader1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The authors of this book have done a superb job of bringing to light what I've long believed Republican politics in the United States to be about, and for that I give them much credit. However, one must have a strong stomach to read it--and I mean that in a literal sense. Reading about vile actions of a political party in an attempt to destroy its opposition has made me feel physically ill. Regrettably, after reading 17% of this book, I am moving on to something that does not arouse such feeling ...more
Richard Jespers
Jan 08, 2015 Richard Jespers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent if not distasteful book about the truth of 1989-1999: 1) The media who reported selectively about the Clintons 2) Excellent prose, not just another hurry-to-press poly-sci page-turner 3) Great documentation, much of it provided by the enemies themselves: the Tripp tapes, Starr’s transcripts, etc. Makes Watergate look like a bungled attempt of naughty children. Republicans will never change. They are Machiavellian to the core, and they will do anything to win. Anything.
Candace
Aug 31, 2015 Candace rated it really liked it
Not a fun read -- in fact an extremely disturbing read. The right-wing seems to feel that it is not constrained by any of the principles it publicly espouses. I feel better prepared top follow the political fortunes of Hillary Clinton in the coming year. This is one of those books that everyone should read.
Meg
Oct 04, 2008 Meg rated it it was amazing
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.” ---Sinclair Lewis, Nobel Prize winning author of It Can’t Happen Here, 1935

Conservatives with little critical reasoning skills will immediately try to discredit this book by reciting the old "It's got liberal bias" line...without benefit of thought or consideration as to the findings by two outstanding independent journalists. The book is fascinating, but will leave you so depressed and frustrated...and feeling li
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Mike Bascom
Nov 30, 2014 Mike Bascom rated it liked it
the vast right wing conspiracy!
Erica
Aug 06, 2007 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book mentions what seems like every single character the Clinton's ever met or had dealings with from the time President Clinton was running for Governor of Arkansas. A bit tedious and hard to follow all the trivial small town characters of Arkansas, but somwhat interesting to read about folks who seem to have nothing better to do with their time than attempts to exact revenge or ruin a political competitor.
Will Byrnes
Oct 25, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
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This is a very journalistic, detailed look at the players involved in the “vast, right-wing conspiracy” to take down Clinton. In fact the extreme level of detail makes it a bit much to slog through, but it is still worth the effort, even if it remains impossible to keep all the names straight. (In 2004 a documentary of the book was released. It is a narrower view, thank god, and is good enough)
Marc
Jun 02, 2012 Marc rated it liked it
Conason is a bit too partisan at times. But there is little doubt that neocons were out to get him as payback for Nixon. Clinton gave them so much ammunition to work with too. In many ways Clinton is as responsible for the sullied office of the president as Nixon, but he wasn't impeachable. Dubbya was more so than Clinton.
Ed Smiley
Nov 18, 2009 Ed Smiley rated it really liked it
Fascinating if a bit byzantine look at attack politics at its most destructive.
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