The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals

The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals

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by William J. Bennett
     
 

Today we see little public outrage about Bill Clinton's misconduct. With enormous skill, the defensive wall built of bricks left over from Watergate: diversion, half-truth, equivocation, and sophistry. It is a wall that has remained unbreached. Until now.

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Today we see little public outrage about Bill Clinton's misconduct. With enormous skill, the defensive wall built of bricks left over from Watergate: diversion, half-truth, equivocation, and sophistry. It is a wall that has remained unbreached. Until now.

Editorial Reviews

A.M. Rosenthal
Read itparticularly if you are sure you won't agree. —The New York TimesOp-Ed Page
Tom Shull
A bold and necessary act of civic courage, one that will be remembered in years to come. —The Detroit News, Opinion Page
Richard L. Berke
. . .[O]ffers few fresh insights into [why voters have] seemed unwilling to punish Clinton for his ethical lapses. . . .It may be premature to pronounce outrage dead. . . .most polls suggested that voters are so furious at Clinton tht they want to put the whole scandal behind them.
New York Times Book Review
Deborah Tannen
In his new book, Bennett advances his own credo of right and wrong, and it is far less compelling. It is a slim book with a correspondingly slim premise: that the American public's failure to be outraged at President Clinton's lies about his private life is evidence of our 'moral and intellectual disarmament.' -- The Washington Post
A.M. Rosenthal
Read it, particularly if you are sure you won't agree. -- The New York Times, Op-Ed Page
Christian Science Monitor
Bennett's skill at crafting an argument makes this a compelling reading experience.
U.S. News & World Report
A piercing commentary.
From the Publisher
A.M. Rosenthal Read it, particularly if you are sure you won't agree.

Thomas Shull The Detroit News A bold and necessary act of civic courage, one that will be remembered in years to come.

Keith Henderson The Christian Science Mointor Bennett's skill at crafting an argument makes this a compelling reading experience.

U.S. News & World Report A piercing commentary on the Moinca Lewinsky scandal and a defining event within it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684813721
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
09/14/1998
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.75(d)

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"A lie is a lie, an oath is an oath, corruption is corruption. And truth matters." -- The Death of Outrage

Meet the Author

William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.

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