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The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton Hardcover – Mar 9 2000


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (March 9 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312245475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312245474
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,644,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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THE CHANCES ARE that hardly anyone noticed the two political operatives from Arkansas who slipped in and out of Republican national headquarters on an autumn day in 1989. Read the first page
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Mary Magdalene may have been the hooker, but the whores threw the rocks. This book captures what is most wrong with mankind--besides not being kind, that is. It seems that people, especially those of the political persuasion, can see clearly the spec in their neighbor's eye, but somehow miss the redwood protruding from their own. For me, this story clearly illustrates that more than Monica Lewinski got their knees soiled during this whole sordid affair. This is not to say that Mr. Clinton didn't invite the attacks--he certainly did--this is only to say that those investigating him should have acted as righteous as they purported to be. Let's face it, Jesus was investigated and attacked at every turn. The difference being, however, that none of those attacks stuck because He was without sin. That difference is a significant one, though, because, as we all know, most of the attacks on Mr. Clinton did stick and will continue to stick. In fact, we could probably say that about most politicians these days. Does Mr. Clinton share in his own Waterloo? Sure he does. But so do the whores that threw the stones. I, for one, am not a Clinton supporter, but I expect this type of behavior from him. I was ashamed, however, at my fellow Republicans when they began to act like the priests that condemned, however indirectly, Jesus Christ.
Just yesterday, I finished reading (in a single sitting) a truly fascinating and provocative non-fiction which deals with the type of duplicity profiled in this book, only ten-fold. The book, "Inside Job: Deep Undercover as a Corporate Spy," is the most Orwellian story I've read since the novel "1984." The only difference is that this story was true and Big Brother, it seems, has become your company not your country.
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THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT details, in shattering and infuriating detail, how the Republican Party spent more than $70,000,000 of our tax money in a ten year crusade to bring down Bill and Hillary Clinton. The fact that the campaign ultimately failed does not make the attempt any less odious. A remarkably well funded cabal of Clinton-hating obsessives (many of them with strictly personal grudges against the man) utilized intensely hate-filled and slanderous smear techniques that had never before been seen in such a widely organized manner. This book makes a strong case that there was indeed a vast right-wing conspiracy behind it all. But, as authors Joe Conason and Gene Lyons reveal, the smear attack would have gone nowhere without the full culpability of the media. Magazines, newspapers and TV/Radio stations quickly jumped on and promoted every deliberately planted innuendo, rumor, and false allegation, happily spreading each juicy and slanderous tidbit to a gullible public. When the great majority of these wild tales were proven to be devoid of any semblance of truth, few of these media outlets could be bothered to offer retractions. Even today, "journalists" still try to use the long-ago destroyed myth of Whitewater as some kind of indicator/proof of Clinton's alleged evil.
Conason and Lyons have given us one of the great works of modern investigative reporting, fully revealing all the major players who funded and/or assisted the campaign, including Richard Mellon Scaife, Reverend Moon, and the odious Ann Coulter, as well as a slew of corrupt politicians, state troopers, and women with shady pasts who, rather predictably, all ended up much richer for their time and efforts.
THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT has recently been adapted into a much praised documentary film.
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I always thought there was some truth to Hillary's contention that someone was "out to get" them, but after reading this well-documented historical tome, I am more convinced than ever that President and Mrs. Clinton were like deer in the forest on the first day of hunting season.
For the record, I really don't care about how much he philandered.... that has never stopped any president before him from making progress, and it was no reason to stop him. I may not want to be married to the guy, but I still say that my paycheck went farther and my economy was better when he was in charge. If only George Dubya had such a libido, perhaps we would all be better off now.
The ultra-conservative right-wing machine ("The Arkansas Project") designed to bring Clinton to his knees gives new meaning to the term "axis of evil." To h*ll with Iraq, let's bomb the "Council of National Policy." Somebody PLEASE impeach Jerry Falwell, that lousy fat piece of hypocritical (...) matter (my opinion, which I am entitled to) who proclaims to be a "man of God."
Just read the book, if you haven't already. It's a fantastic journey that will make you rethink a lot of what you heard in the press during the past 14-15 years.
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This book is an incredible achievement, based on exhaustive reviews and footnotes. I don't automatically read something and believe it 100 percent, but if Conason and Lyons have documented HALF of their research and interviews accurately (and based on their reputations, I'd believe it's significantly higher than that), many, many Republicans have a great deal to apologize for.
Conason and Lyons perform a devastating autopsy on the right's campaign to destroy Clinton before he even announced his candidacy for president in 1991, through both terms of his presidency. As someone who voted for Clinton twice (and would happily do so again), I knew Clinton had enemies, but I didn't know he had this many who were this menacing.
The authors lay out in stunning detail the lies and half truths that were willingly perpetrated by the mainstream media, discussing topics like the Foster suicide (many were convinced/hoping that it was a Clinton-sponsored murder), Troopergate, Filegate, Ken Starr and the wanton abuse of his Independent Council powers and much, much more. The above topics have been discussed ad nauseum in other books and articles, but the authors go further, detailing the many right-wing backed publications such as The American Spectator, the wealthy right wing tycoon Richard Mellon Scaife and his backing of the Arkansas Project, William Renquist and his role in Whitewater and the Starr appointment, and most importantly in this reader's eyes, how the first independent council, Robert Fiske, was ousted after he couldn't find any wrongdoing on the part of the Clintons. This paved the way for Starr's appointment, who would stop at nothing to get something on the Clintons.
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