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

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In No One Left to Lie To, Christopher Hitchens portrays President Bill Clinton as one of the most ideologically skewed and morally negligent politicians of recent times. In a blistering polemic which shows that Clinton was at once philanderer and philistine, crooked and corrupt, Hitchens challenges perceptions - of liberals and conservatives alike - of this highly divisive ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published July 17th 2000 by Verso (first published 1999)
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Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Read this before you vote for Hillary...
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, nonfiction, 2016
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
'Your heart on fire and your brain on ice ~ Vladimir Lenin

“Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal, the open mind against the credulous” - Christopher Hitchens.

In No One Left to Lie To, Christopher Hitchens portrays President Bill Clinton as one of the most ideologically skewed and morally negligent politicians of recent times. In a blistering polemic which shows that Clinton was at once philanderer and philistine, crooked and corrupt, Hitchens challenges perceptions - of li
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 &
James Richards
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,
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
G. Branden
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 offered in the most cheerful and open polemical spirit, as an attack on a crooked president and a reactionary administration." I do ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kevin Kizer
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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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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