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4.0 out of 5 stars Was there really a rapist in the Oval Office?,
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This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, and exposes the monster behind the man.,
This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Hardcover)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.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now if this is not true....,
This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Paperback)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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forensic exposition of corruption and vanity,
This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Kindle Edition)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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Begging to be sued,
This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Paperback)Why has Hitchens not been sued by the Clintons? This book - just as Hitchens's demolishing of Henry Kissinger - is so breathtakingly defamatory, that any public figure would, surely, issue proceedings.
Kissinger wouldn't sue Hitchens, and neither will the Clintons. Given we live in an image obsessed world, and even minor celebrities sue each other for a pastime, one has to ask:
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for an update?,
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read,
This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Kindle Edition)Brilliantly written tirade on the Clinton brand. Brilliant insights but difficult to appreciate without a good historical awareness of Clinton and his presidency. This is not a historically account .... it is a polemic and a great one at that. Brilliant vocabulary builder and an insightful book
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow,
This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Kindle Edition)This was a first-class read, which just swept you up as only Hitchens writing can. Finely crafted sentences and he is undoubtedly a brilliant wordsmith.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best modern history lesson yet - brilliantly researched with subtle but stinging presentation,
This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Hardcover)Ashamed to say I have only recently started to fill up my bookcase with Mr H and the like. Read this in combination with Mr H's book on Mr Kissinger and you have an insight in how modern warfare and militant minds have become established. Mr C... what did you do??
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Hitchens delves into the difficult questions about the Clintons,
This review is from: No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Hardcover)There are a number of questions raised by other reviewers that support the value this book contributes to political assessment of the Clintons. Mr Hitchens was not sued because he made sure to verify sources and he presents his material in a way which allows the reader to make their own judgement of the events and personalities described. What ever the hatchet job aspects of the Starr Commission Mr Hitchens reminds us Bill Clinton delivered an agenda more suited to the Republicans than his own constituency. The analysis of triangulation is breath taking and sets the scene for why so many people around the world currently appear to have little faith in populist politicians. The second intriguing strand in Mr Hitchens book is the focus on the morality of Bill Clinton and by association Hillary. He reminds us these were, before being politicians, lawyers. He reminds us of the strands that led to impeachment-as well as Monica Lewinsky, involved grubby money. He reminds us of the sordid demonization of Gennifer Flowers and the attempt to destroy her using political and media spin. Christopher Hitchens more importantly reminds us of the role of a journalist. It is to uncover a story layer by layer and look at what the pieces of a story reveal. After reading this, I shudder to think that following Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton may be the next Democrat presidential hopeful. This is almost a scalpel sharp dissection of Bill and as a subtext, Hillary. Almost is the apposite word here. It sent me towards my copy of Hunter S's articles from the same period of American history. Always rely on Mr Thompson to fill out the unsaid and he did not disappoint.
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No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton by Christopher Hitchens (Paperback - 22 Jun 2000)
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