Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years

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In this shattering indictment, National Review editor Rich Lowry exposes the Clinton legacy for what it is - spin, lies, and failure.

Lowry tells the story of how a politician with grandiose ambitions became a cautious, poll-driven placeholder, of how a president who yearned to confront a great international crisis cringed and shrank from one - the threat of Islamic terrorism - when it arrived.

It is a tale of the arrogance of a generation, of the folly of an era, and of the weakness of one man. Lowry describes how Clinton's flawed character - his dishonesty, his egotism, and his moral cowardice - suffused everything he did and primed him for failure as president.

Lowry has interviewed the participants and examined the records, producing a book that takes a sledgehammer to Clinton's record and will set the debate over his legacy for years to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261298
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Content of His Character 1
Pt. 1 Politics & Policy
Ch. 2 His Presidency: Shrinking the Office 29
Ch. 3 The Economy: The 1980s, Part II 59
Ch. 4 Welfare & Crime: A Conservative Triumph 79
Ch. 5 "The Children": Nanny-in-Chief 99
Pt. 2 Scandal & Law
Ch. 6 Investigation: Watergate's Revenge 123
Ch. 7 Sex: Grope First, Smear Later 145
Ch. 8 Impeachment: An Indelible Stain 169
Ch. 9 Domestic Security: Queen of the Bunny Planet 193
Pt. 3 Foreign Policy
Ch. 10 The World: McGovern Without the Conscience 215
Ch. 11 The Wars: Cowardice-at-Arms 245
Ch. 12 The Middle East: The Price of Illusion 273
Ch. 13 Terrorism: Losing the War 299
Afterword 335
Acknowledgments 343
Notes 345
Index 455
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    Must Read for Every American

    This is a must read for anyone who might be considering voting for Ms Hillary R Clinton in the next presidential election. This book is an eye opener that should make every American angry that Bill Clinton was able to bamboozle left wing liberals so totally for two complete terms as President of this country. As the mother of a career military man who was involved in both Desert Storm and now in the current war in Iraq, it makes me sick to think what he did to our military men and women by wholesale dismantling of the very core of their support. What really amazes me is that no one saw this other than those of us who are labeled 'Right Wing Extremists'--a label I am proud to have, if it means holdling our President and other elected officials to high moral standards. The Clintons so obviously held all of us in such contempt that they had no fear of being exposed as long as they had the support of the left wing media and Hollywood. The saddest thing is that Americans could say his moral ethics had nothing to do with his leadership it had EVERYTHING to do with it. Personally I will do everything in my power to try to keep Ms Hillary R Clinton from being elected. That is the only thing scarier than William Jefferson Clinton in the White House. Kudos for Rich Lowry for having the courage to write such an honest, open detailed account of this irresponsible administration.

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    Posted June 25, 2005



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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    Grains of salt for sale ...

    Reading other reviews of this obviously biased book, I was amazed that readers were perplexed by Mr. Lowry's opinionated stance. Get a clue- books written by political authors are politically biased. Guess what- Al Franken's book is slanted to the left. Did that shock anyone? Mr. Lowry has written an informative book, if nothing else. Conservative readers looking for a book to validate their hatred of President Clinton, this is it. Dems looking to further enrage themselves by reading right-winged slant (why would you do that?) this is for you, too. This book does not definitively pinpoint the culprit behind 9/11, nor does it let the Bush administration off the hook. OBL and his band of terrorists attacked the country, not Clinton and not Bush. However, the book does make a strong case that Clinton could have done much more to prevent the attacks. Take it with a grain of salt. Lowry is the editor of National Review, for crying out loud. If you're looking for left wing vindication, look elsewhere

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Having footnotes isn't good enough

    If you are looking for someone, anyone, to blame 9-11 on, this may be your book. Otherwise, it is just a waste of time. The footnotes cite articles that are opinion based, not fact based. Citing other opinions to back up your own opinion isn't FACT, it is just subjecture. This is yet another lame attempt to stir up some conservative passion over Clinton, who remains a pariah in their minds. That is too bad, as there is a large amount of fact-based research that has been done which indicates the previous administration was working much harder on terrorism in its final 9 months than the current administration did in its first 9 months.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2003


    I don't know what could be more important then the truth. There isn't a page in this book that doesn't contain a footnote. Many people try to ignore facts, I look for them. It's factual nature makes it a bit zzzzzzzzzz. Nevertheless it is a must read for anyone who wants the TRUTH.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    Right on target

    This is a great book. It is funny and well-written, polemical, yes, but with lots of notes to back it all up. Clinton comes across as a narcissistic baby boomer much more obsessed with style and his own 'image' than with the hard realities of the world. He appointed mostly women to high positions to try to gain and keep the all-coveted 'soccer mom vote', so the focus of his entire administration was on 'soft issues' like gay rights, the environment, time off from work, and chasing down deadbeat dads. His foreign policy can be summarized as 'negotiation', even with enemies who had no respect for him or America (the Serbs, the North Korean, Iran, PLO, Arafat, Iraq, etc.). Clinton was all atmospherics, and no substance. He committed the U.S. military to military engagements like Somalia and Kosovo, but would not let the military use Apache attack helicopters, which is insane. Ultimately, a very weak president in a time in which our real enemies (Iran, Iraq, North Korea, the PLO, Hamas, Al Quida, etc, etc) were just getting stronger and stronger, and getting ready to attack us on 9-11. Thank god we have a president that finally gets it !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2003


    One of the most conservative, one-sided, uneducated novels depracating the presidency of our 42nd president. Readers beware, the whole book is devoted to opinons, and every argument circulates around Clinton's affair: his only abuse to his office. Nowhere in the story is there anything reliable and factual. To come out and say that Clinton was the cause of 9-11-01 is downright vindictive. Get some new material Rich.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003


    These were the most unprofessional and tasteless biassed conservative opinions ever to be bound together by glue. To boldly claim that President Clinton was the cause for september 11, 2001 when George Bush had 8 months to set his priorities straight, is disturbing. Warning,this book is a personalized attack on President Clinton,and all liberals in general, with the main ammunition being supplied on accounts of his affair. Find some new material Rich.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2003


    Rich Lowry has written a book that encompasses all of the ideas that I have intuitively and empirically suspected about Bill Clinton. He is a symbol of the self-absorbed children of the sixties. Most of us grew up and became responsible parents, Clinton and his hangers-on never did. He was and continues to be a frightening menace to America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    A Fair Examination of Clinton

    An excellent book for those who had an inkling that Clinton wasn't what he seemed. The author uses hard nosed reporting, based on factual evidence and interviews, to show Clinton for what he really was...spin, polling, and talk. The point of Legacy is not to Clinton-bash, but to point out where the former president fell short of what his administration advertised as their successes. The book is broken into different aspects of Clinton's administration and provides an even account of his 8 years in office. It's interesting, informative, and, provides substantial evidence that Clinton failed in numerous areas. Extensive footnotes section at the end.

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