With "Legacy", author Rich Lowry takes a long, hard look at the Clinton years and comes away with an honest assessment of Clinton's Presidency, free of the grating hyperbole that scars books by Clinton's admirers and detractors. In fact, "Legacy" is probably the fairest critique of Clinton I've ever read. I say fair because Lowry never allows his personal feelings to get in the way of the way Clinton handled(or didn't handle) the issues during his tenure, a problem with many Conservative looks at Clinton. It may be the first serious look at his Presidency, as books such as "The Natural" by Joe Klien and "The Clinton Wars" by Sid Bluementhal, widely considered the "best" of the Clinton defenders, fall apart trying to prove a conclusion that they have reached but facts don't hold out, namely, that Clinton is a near-great President. This is obviously not true. Lowry avoids calling him the worst, and comes to his conclusions on Clinton's Presidency after all of his research is done.
As editor of National Review, Lowry may be seen as a Clinton-hater by some partisans, but when reading the book that simply doen't come across. What Lowry shows, in a fast-paced and informative way, is that Clinton was a low-tier President who seemed so obsessed with his own Legacy that he failed to make any important decisions and who was simply lucky to hold office during one of the best periods of growth in American history. Lowry puts the lie to the claim that Clinton ecomonic packages, most famously his 1993 "stimulus", were the cause of the growth of the 1990's. He gives Clinton credit for standing out of the way of the economy. He also quite convincingly proves that Clinton's longest lasting impact will be his failurs to act decisively against the growing threat of Al-Qaida. It's facinating to read Clinton's own advisors talk about how they dropped the ball.
"Legacy" does not seek to indict Bill Clinton as a traitor or a criminal or anything other than what it concludes he was: a caretaker president who's inaction has already caused us greater harm than anything positive his apologists claim he did. For an informative read, pick up "Legacy".