"Just as the necessary qualification for a good liar is a good memory, so the essential equipment of a would-be lie detector is a good timeline, and a decent archive." In No One Left to Lie to, a New York Times best seller, Christopher Hitchens casts an unflinching eye on the Clinton political machine and offers a searing indictment of a president who sought to hold power at any cost. With blistering wit and meticulous documentation, Hitchens masterfully deconstructs Clinton's abject propensity for pandering to the Left while delivering to the Right, and he argues that the president's personal transgressions were ultimately inseparable from his political corruption.
Hitchens questions the president's refusals to deny accusations of rape by reputable women and lambasts, among numerous impostures, his insistence on playing the race card, the shortsightedness of his welfare bill, his ludicrous war on drugs, and his abandonment of homosexuals in the form of the Defense of Marriage Act. Opportunistic statecraft, crony capitalism, "divide and rule" identity politics, and populist manipulations - these are perhaps Clinton's greatest and most enduring legacies.
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To think that the Clintons are capable of the misdeeds alluded to in this essay is horrifying. If only a fraction is true it should send chills throughout ones being. I'm confident Hitchens has not mislead the reader.
A more intelligent Hitchens admirer.
Too many strands and convoluted phraseology; a dissertation that was far too wordy and full of references to enjoy as an actual read... Didn't enjoy the little I heard at all. A few years ago I listened to most of his collected essays book but by the end I felt they sunk into word play and I lost the substance. There was obviously a lot of heartfelt angst about how Clinton had achieved so much but with so few ethics but I found Hitchens overwrought sentences sucked the life out of the meaning. I think I need to have a much higher IQ to 'enjoy' some of his writing.
"A very interesting book and relevant now."
Yes, because I would need to hear the details again in order to understand the argument.
I found some aspects of these events made me angry, and sorry that justice was probably never done. Also it made me re-appraise my views on BOTH the Clintons, and their entourage.
"Another view of Bill"
It's a reasonable book - not one for Clinton fans as it offers a darker side to the Democratic darling.. Interesting in light of the current presidential race. Politics, power and how they are used to dominate in every sense..
"You should probably read this"
If you have a decision to make regarding the Clintons you should probably read this book. and then make your decision to vote for her informed.
"Great book - slightly soporific reading!"
Not the best book for listening to on the move!
The Misionary Position, by Christopher Hitchens.
No, better in shorter chunks otherwise you have overwhelming detail.
It's a very detailed argument with lots of new information being introduced rapidly, it requires you to concentrate to keep up or you have to keep going back.
"Brilliant and revelatory"
Never less than a pleasure to hear such brilliant writing. Interesting that, on investigation, so many successful politicians are found to be corrupt, and sad that we are so easily taken in.
"Was there a rapist in the Whitehouse?"
Bill Clinton continues to be one of the USA's most popular Presidents. However, Hitchens suggests that behind the facade Clinton was a sexual predator who was prepared to use air-strikes on innocent targets in order to deflect attention from his sexual and financial scandals. This is a well-argued, well-evidenced book that strips away the handsome Rhode scholar image and allows the reader to see the rancid underbelly of a manipulative, bullying, self-fixated individual.
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