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No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family Paperback – Jul 17 2000

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; New edition edition (July 17 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859842844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859842843
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 140 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The most vocal critics of Bill Clinton's presidency tend to be conservatives--think, for example, of William J. Bennett's The Death of Outrage--but there are those on the Left who are fed up with Clinton as well. Among them is journalist Christopher Hitchens (most prominently associated with The Nation and Vanity Fair), who has produced a slim but vehement volume outlining how "Clinton's private vileness meshes exactly with his brutal and opportunistic public style." No One Left to Lie To is the story of a man who took the Democratic presidential nomination and, having achieved office, began enacting welfare reform and anticrime legislation that surpassed the ambitions of all but the most ideologically loyal Republicans--and routinely plundered the GOP platform for other policy ideas as well.

Hitchens is particularly damning on Clinton's tendency to resort to divisive racial politics when it suits his purposes, as when, in the course of the 1992 presidential campaign, he refused to lift a finger to save a mentally retarded African American from state execution so he could appear tough on crime, then shortly afterwards hijacked a Rainbow Coalition conference to criticize rap artist Sister Souljah for the benefit of the attendant press. When he needs the black vote, though, Clinton will allow himself to be trumpeted as the most racially sensitive president in American history--if not, in Toni Morrison's memorably ludicrous phrase, "our first black president." Furthermore, the man who once connived his way out of the draft has become a chief executive so willing to use military air strikes as a means of foreign policy that, in the author's view, the United States is now a "potential banana republic."

Of course, there is plenty of vitriol directed at Clinton's conduct with regard to Monica Lewinsky (the woman with whom he admitted, under duress, to having had an "inappropriate relationship" consisting of multiple incidences of oral sex) and Kathleen Willey (who alleges that the leader of the free world merely fondled her breasts and forced her to touch--albeit shielded under some layers of clothing--his tumescent penis). In Hitchens's view, however, the sexual controversies are only the most prominent aspect of Clinton's shameful character, a moral condition that must be considered in toto. The book is short, with an argument that runs only about a hundred pages, but that's still more than enough room for Hitchens to serve up a comprehensive, blistering indictment suffused throughout by his dark wit. He sums up the failure of those fixated on Clinton's adultery to fully investigate his cronyism and financial shenanigans: "It's not the lipstick traces, stupid," Hitchens warns, "it's the Revlon Connection." --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“By far the best of all the books on the Clinton era.”—Edward Said, Al-Ahram Weekly

“Christopher Hitchens is a remarkable commentator. He jousts with fraudulence of every stripe and always wins. I regret he has only one life, one mind and one reputation to put at the service of my country.”—Joseph Heller

“If Christopher Hitchens is a Marxist, I want to be one, too.”—Florence King, National Review

“The smartest guy I’ve seen on TV ... the Rosetta Stone of scepticism ... the Mark McGwire of sceptics ... he makes me look like a cheerleader.”—Dennis Miller, Dennis Miller Live

“You don't buy Christopher Hitchens's new book because you want to find out whether Bill Clinton is really as terrible a liar as some people say he is. You buy it because you know he is a terrible liar, and the invitation to have a pungent fellow like Christopher Hitchens confirm every prejudice you ever had on the subject, plus a few you might not even have known you had, is an invitation you cannot resist.”—Louis Menand, New York Times Magazine

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I have never liked nor trusted Bill Clinton. As a registered independent, I wandered Washington DC in late November of 1992 with a mournful dread that a oversexed Boss Hogg was coming to stain the White House...and he did not disappoint!
Now that he's gone (and Hillary plots to take over the world), I've read numerous books on the Clinton years and the very best--as well as the most damning--come from disillusioned liberals: SELL OUT, David Schippers' account of the impeachment (a Chicago Democrat who voted for Clinton twice), and HOW I ACCIDENTALLY JOINED THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY by the former-liberal Harry Stein.
And Christopher Hitchens' NO ONE LEFT TO LIE TO, my favorite.
No one can accuse these men of being frothing right-wing, Clinton-hating fanatics.
Hitchens, who can heap contempt on either side of any issue, employs such a razor-sharp wit that I didn't want this book to end. I laughed out loud at his analysis of Al Gore's bizarre answer to a voter's question about Clinton's alleged rape of Juanita Broadderick.
Caustic, absurd, hilarious--I loved this book!
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Christopher Hitchens book on the Clinton presidency should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in modern politics. Hitchens gives a searing critique of the Clintons and the way they have practised the art of politics from their days in the governor's mansion in Arkansas up to Hilary's senate campaign in 2000. This book gets three stars because while Hitchens does make a credible case for Clinton being not only the liar we now know that he is, but also a rapist, he shows an unrelenting hostility to the Clintons that seems to me to go beyond reasonable judgement and amounts to a prejudice (although not without reasonable foundation). This is not a balanced and fair account of Bill Clinton's time in the White House that should be considered definitive (as Edward Said has said), but rather a more or less reliable account of the worst that can be said of this chapter in American history. There is more that can be said in Clinton's favour (at least as a president, if not a human being) than is said here, and this should always be kept in mind by anybody who reads this book, whatever their own political affiliation. Hitchens style is sharp and erudite, and it is a good read, but one feels that it is not the whole story.
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Even before this book, Hitchens would appear on news panels representing the far left on PBS when Mc Neil was still on hand to present balance. I always enjoyed his comments as they combined left wing ideology, sarcasm, wit and humor. A sense of humor is sadly missing on the left. I have never seen a time when good people could be forced to drink the kool-aid for party over county.
I guess this is why Hitchens is a good lefty, but a really bad democrat. He probably voted green. Hitchens was not alone as a lefty who did not like the Clintons. The final straw must have been when Clinton bombed an aspirin factory 3 days after learning it was not a WMD plant, for the sole reason that he needed a distraction from the latest scandal.
The case is made here that all was politics for the Clintons and the word of Bill or Hillary meant nothing. The only abiding rule was, what will keep Bill in office and get Hillary elected after him.
This is not the best of the Clinton expose books, but it is a small contribution in our understanding of what has happened to the political party that I, now a recovering democrat, supported for 20 years.
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When Bill Clinton was President, people attacked him from both ends of the American political spectrum. The Right asserted that his policies were too liberal, citing his stance on issues such as national health-care and partial birth abortion, while the Left claimed the opposite, citing as examples his support of welfare reform and opposition to gay marriage. About Clinton's behavior--his frequent lying, his repeated adultery, his draft-dodging, and so on--the Right shouted in vain for eight years, with no consequences for the President's approval rating. When confronted with these issues, liberals and moderates usually either looked the other way or defended Clinton, fearing that anything short of full support could give credibility and maybe even the executive branch to the Republicans.
Christopher Hitchens, a man of the Left on most issues, was an exception. No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton is his 1999 attack not just on Clinton's policies but also his ethics. Hitchens blasts Clinton for enacting policies that are essentially Republican, such as "welfare reform," which stole from the Republicans a key election issue while stranding the liberals who had no alternative but to stick with the President. Clinton has such a conservative record, Hitchens says, that it's a mystery why so many people on the Right hate him as much as they do (81). The Democrats are used to dissent in their ranks about whether Clinton was liberal enough; after all, a significant number of Democrats in both houses of Congress voted against "welfare reform." But not a single Senate Democrat voted for Clinton's removal, and Hitchens objects strongly to this kind of unconditional Democratic/liberal support for Clinton's behavior.
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