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The Clinton Wars

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An invaluable history of an extraordinary presidency, and the chronicle of a generation's political odyssey
When in 1997 Bill Clinton appointed Sidney Blumenthal as a senior advisor, the former writer was catapulted into the front lines of the Clinton wars. From his first day in the White House until long after his appearance as the only presidential aide ever to testify i...more
Hardcover, 832 pages
Published May 20th 2003 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Jerome
Blumenthal -- like most political operatives with a book deal -- has churned out an indifferently written and profoundly humourless blend of hagiography, self-justification and character assassination.

This is a highly detailed, disjointed, and boring look at the inner workings of the Clinton White House, focusing on its many political battles. The title fooled me into thinking that this was about foreign or defense policy, which is much more intriguing than domestic policy.

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Boris
Reading this book has convinced me that Bill Clinton was one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States.
I dare anyone to read it and draw a different conclusion.

Blumenthal does a great job of matching the accusations made by the Republican smear machine with what was actually proved (nothing) in the extensive (8 year long $70 million) government investigations of the Clintons. He also reminds us of the accomplishments (peace, lowest unemployment in decades, budget surpluses,...more
Brandy
You have to go into this one knowing that it is going to be completely biased towards the Democrats. Blumenthal is a pretty self-absorbed writer, and this book is as much about him as it is Clinton, though to be fair, he was part of the administration so I guess...
What put it at 3 instead of 4 stars for me was Blumenthal's selective citations and complete lack of a bibliography. For a former journalist criticizing a lot of people for not crediting their sources, an awful lot of material goes un...more
Adam Ashton
I liked this book, but there's way, way too much of it. Blumenthal's take on the "right wing conspiracy" remains on point today in an era of a different Democratic president facing the same kind of opposition. I appreciate his effort to critique mainstream press reports on Whitewater, but he settles too many scores and they grow tiresome.
Sonia
Written by an insider in the Clinton administration, it reaffirmed many things to me, that Whitewater was a fraud; Kenneth Starr was politically motivated to remove Clinton from office; that the investigation of Clinton was utterly unnecessary, politically vindictive, and a waste of this country's valuable resources. And in their rush to be the next Woodward and Bernstein, the press became willing dupes of Starr's illegal leaks. Republicans could not show Clinton respect and presumed that he was...more
Eric
Jun 19, 2008 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every body and they Momma!
Recommended to Eric by: Myopic Books
Good stuff, good stuff. Yea refreshing to find a prominent white liberal male use a progressive truth telling frame work to toss buckets of ice cold truth on the heads of Gooo Goo white and Black liberals. When I do it they write me off as an angry Black man instead of recognizing the truth and their own bold hypocrisy and unwillingness to be courageous. How deep is it to read a true account about how Liberals allow republicans to lie, cheat, steal, kill, etc, etc while doing nothing about it li...more
JJ Feinauer
Interesting insights into how the media handles controversy, but the bias comes through a little too strong some times. Especially when he discusses the Lewinsky scandal.
Mark
The Clinton presidency was under attack since long before it ever even began. First from the outside perspective of a journalist, then the inside perspective of an administration official, Sidney Blumenthal tells the tale of the Clinton Wars, why they were fought and who won the battles along the way. Also sheds light on Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign in 2000, and the "stolen succession" election of 2000, with a thoroughly-supported takedown of the media-accepted version of events in the 2000...more
Frederick Bingham
A memoir and history by Sidney Blumenthal. He was hired by Bill Clinton in 1997 to be a White House adviser. He spent the next 4 years in the midst of all the late 1990's happenings. Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, the '2000 election, etc. He chronicles his relationship with Bill and Hillary and the right wing attempts to destroy him. This book makes one look back at the 1990's as golden years, when we had real leadership in the White House.
Christian
An insiders look at the most talented politician of our time. A good writer too, who was a journalist before serving in the administration.
Will Byrnes
Very good historical account of the Clinton presidency told by an insider. Quite good
Thomas
Behind the scenes look at the Clinton White House.
Kirk Bower
Good inside look.
Lauren
Fascinating.
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