Sexual McCarthyism: Clinton, Starr, and the Emerging Constitutional Crisis

Sexual McCarthyism: Clinton, Starr, and the Emerging Constitutional Crisis

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by Alan M. Dershowitz, Allen Dershowitz
     
 
The greatest threat to the future of the office of the American Presidency may turn on whether William Jefferson Clinton told a lie, under oath, and then tried — unsuccessfully — to keep secret his sexual relationship with a 21-year-old White House intern. The media's feeding frenzy and the public's voyeuristic prurience have been fueled by almost daily

Overview

The greatest threat to the future of the office of the American Presidency may turn on whether William Jefferson Clinton told a lie, under oath, and then tried — unsuccessfully — to keep secret his sexual relationship with a 21-year-old White House intern. The media's feeding frenzy and the public's voyeuristic prurience have been fueled by almost daily disclosures about this affair, making The Starr Report itself an instant #1 national bestseller. Yet all of this obscures the very real matters of state that lie at the heart of the Starr investigation. In Sexual McCarthyism, best-selling author Alan M. Dershowitz addresses the key issues at stake — issues that transcend the titillating daily headlines — and what their long-term importance and effects my be. Among the many important questions he raises and then answers are these:

  • Why the President's private life actually is the business of the American people.
  • Why the independent counsel law is a necessary evil, but why the appointment of Kenneth Starr was improper.
  • Why the Supreme Court was right in requiring the President to submit to the Paula Jones lawsuit.
  • Why Kenneth Starr's leaking of testimony and evidence is at least as serious an obstruction of justice as anything alleged against the President.
  • What the lasting constitutional, historical, and political legacy of this case is likely to be.

Long after the buzz and sizzle of "Monica-Gate" has subsided, readers will still be looking to Sexual McCarthyism as a substantive, clear, and definitive analysis of the underlying importance of one of the most serious, yet entirely avoidable, developments in modern American presidential politics.

Editorial Reviews

Allen D. Boyer
[Dershowitz] has little good to say about anyone involved in the investigation....[he] feels that this inquiry is rooted in dubious politics...and that Clinton's evasions do not justify his impeachment.
The New York Times Book Review
Booknews
Harvard legal scholar Dershowitz presents a timely analysis and chronology of events leading up to what he terms "the Clinton/Starr constitutional crisis," tracing it back to its Whitewater roots. The partisan author probes beyond the current headlines to raise questions about whether the President's private life is the public's business, the independent counsel's equating of sex and politics, and the likely precedent-setting legacies of this case. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465016280
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/12/1998
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)

What People are saying about this

Gerry Spence
The American people deserve this book, the most intelligent, even-handed discussion of this presidential crisis yet. Both sides of the aisle will eventually take note of the trenchant good sense laid bare in Alan Dershowitz's Sexual McCarthyism. Listen up, America! There are important revelations within.
David Mamet
It's a great book. God bless Professor Dershowitz for his exhilarating and infuriating devotion to the logic of the law.
Geraldo Rivera
After reading the professor's brilliant analysis, no fair-minded person will conclude impeachment is justified.
George Stephanopolous
No malice, no charity. Dershowitz doesn't take sides. He goes after both President Clinton and Kenneth Starr — with powerful arguments that must be considered.
Greta Van Susteren
My verdict: whether you are a lawyer or not, read this book. Once again, Alan Dershowitz has written the book that makes us all stop and think... and think and think.
Leonard Garment
Lucidly written, non-stop and characteristically immodest provocation . . . Try it, you'll like it — or you'll hate it — but you can be sure it will not leave you unmoved (Leonard Garment was counsel to Richard M. Nixon during Watergate).
F. Lee Bailey
Alan Dershowitz has once again provided a timely and important explication of our constitution, a "must" reminder that in their lust for carnage in impeaching our President, our most rabid Americans must slow down, cool their jets for a time, and think carefully about what the constitution really says and does not say. One good way for such people to accomplish this noble restraint would be to carefully read this book.

Meet the Author

Alan Dershowitz is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Known as a defense lawyer, he is also a litigator, columnist, lecturer, book reviewer, and prolific author. His recent books include Sexual McCarthyism, on the Starr investigation, and Reasonable Doubts, on the O. J. Simpson case. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, the author strikes a great commercial and intellectual balance in crafting a book that is pleasing to read and yet intellectually stimulating, a rare combination, indeed. This book is, quite frankly, a surprise. At first, I thought that the author had an obvious agenda. The author, a proud liberal and registered Democrat, obviously has personal views and political 'bagge.' Yet, in this book, he courageously manages to bash 'feminists' who stood silently during the Paula Jones and Lewinsky issues and he even sides with the American Civil Liberties Union in believing that the President's civil trial should have occurred (as it did, of course) during his Presidency. He bashes the President's often shaky civil liberties record. Good for him. Yet, he also exposes the hypocriscy of the Republicans and conservative movement in general in regard to the Clinton scandal, all while noticing the moral issues involved therein - once again, a rare and yet key balance. I, like the writer, am a strong Democrat. And I, like the writer, try to be as unbiased as possible. Nice to see this book.