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No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857898418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857898418
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian, and the bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also wrote for The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The Independent, and appeared on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthew's Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and C-Span's Washington Journal. He was named one of the world's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect.

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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 criticise 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 to only about a hundred pages, but that's still more than enough room for Hitchens to serve up 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"With a witty bluntness uncommon in today's political discourse, Hitchens boldly puts the pieces of the Clinton puzzele together -- and isn't afraid to describe the result. . . . Beyond refreshing." --"New York Times Book Review " "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

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Christoper Hitchens seems to enjoy demolishing the reputations of great public figures and this book is no exception. In a short account, Hitchens makes various attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton's personal and political characters including, most sensationally, the claim that Bill Clinton may be a rapist.
'No One Left To Lie To' is very well written, and Hitchens draws upon all of his resources to direct a stylish, witty and concise polemic at the Clintons. He does not try to be impartial, merely fair, and he makes no apologies for the constant stream of hate that he has for the Clintons and some of their allies.
As for the allegations themselves, each one is thoroughly investigated - sometimes to the point where he can become a little too pedantic in loooking at what people did and did not say in response to these claims (which can be a problem when you are dealing with politicians. You don't need Christopher Hitchens to point out that politicians rarely answer the questions that they are asked!).
The central problem is that Christopher Hitchens bases many of his key allegations (including the rape allegation) on what people don't say rather than what they do, and on pointing out how different circumstantial evidence points to his conclusion. Very rarely does he actually offer any hard proof for what he claims.
However, his political accusations are well presented and might give those on the Left pause for thought - Hitchens, a former Marxist and staunch defender of the Left shows how Clinton has betrayed his supporters through "triangulation" which effectively means adopting some of the opposition's policies to neutralise their opposition.
Overall, 'No One Left To Lie To' is an absorbing read, and while it doesn't prove Bill Clinton guilty of everything claimed within, it certainly raises many questions you haven't heard before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GeeJayBee on 22 Jan. 2013
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Other reviewers have said just about everything about this,I would just like to add how readable Hitchens prose is. This really does read like a novel and in the process exposes with great detail how vain, corrupt and even criminal Clinton was.
Hitchens' main thrust is how Clinton and his acolytes maintained power by Triangulation and that theory is well developed and illustrated here. Critics have countered with the "If Clinton was so rigtht wing why did they hate him so much". Hitches also demolishes that as well. Republicans didn't just want their policies enacted (which Clinton invariably did), they nwanyed the power and position themselves and hated Clinton not for being a so-called left-wing Democrat but for robbing them of that power.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By George Hedge on 21 May 2009
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You would sue the life out of someone who wrote this about you. If it is true, you would probably ignore it. This speaks volumes for me.

I always felt the need for a both when ever I saw Clinton and now I know why. The passage on Hilary Clinton's healthcare program is mind blowing, and his analysis of 'triangulation' (Blair seems to have read this playbook) is brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Athan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2015
Format: Hardcover
What with Hillary being the frontrunner for the 2016 election and Jeb Bush looking every day more like he might be the Republican candidate, my friends have taken to teasing me. When I protest that there's no way in Hell she'd get my vote they chuckle and, depending on how well they know me, they bring up one or more of the following points:

1. Jeb's brother took Osama Bin Laden's bait hook, line and sinker and got us into two wars we were guaranteed to lose
2. Jeb's brother has made all of us accomplices to torture, giving justification to the sundry Kalashnikov-wielding (and firing) maniacs currently in the news
3. Jeb's brother enacted all the legislation that favors passive income, which is one of the foundations of today's inequality
4. Jeb's brother looked Putin in the eyes and did not see KGB, perhaps because...
5. Jeb's dad used to run the freakin' CIA
6. My (pathetic) voting record stands as Dukakis '88, Obama '08

My old friend and current business partner Bernard goads me pretty much every day. "Your candidate" he yells when Hillary's on the TV screen. He drove me so far up the wall the other day that I spent a half hour on Wikipedia listing what it is I dislike about Bill Clinton and totting it up on a (not so) quick email. To wit:

First and foremost, he was the political godfather of irrational exuberance: he not only presided over the biggest post-war bubble in history (hello NASDAQ) but he actually helped cause it by leaving the economy to Greenspan, Rubin and a still very green (if academically brilliant) Larry Summers.

And of course his policies seeded the next housing bubble.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr A Cahill on 3 Sept. 2009
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Even before I read this book I never trusted Clinton. There was just something slightly creepy about him, a cold, power hungry, ruthless look in his eyes, the way he spoke, as if he wanted to control everything. A demeanour which suggested an unscrupulous, nasty side to his character. This book just confirmed everything I thought and more. How so many people still trust and like this guy, and go to all his and hilary's speeches, cheer them, and applaud them, is beyond me. From the atrocious execution of a disabled black man, to the constant lying and triangulation, the way in which he used the democrat party to implement very right wing policies,the failure to answer questions properly, the horrible chauvaunistic attitude towards women, viewing them as objects rather than people, to the taking of money for his party from extremely dubious people, this book exposes it all. I think it has been clear for a long time now that the Clintons have no principles whatsoever, and that the only people they really care about are themselves. Hitchens superbly argues that the way in which the left defended him was a big sign of degeneration, he is witty, smart, perceptive, and sticks to the point. The book is short, and I would have liked it to have been longer, but despite its length, its impact is still massive. Buy this and be shown a side to Clinton you've never seen before.
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