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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2001
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2009
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
everything written by this zealot for truth is vitally important and should not be neglected. he was one of the great minds of our time,and many of the others were close friends of his.that said.i should point out that any random essay from "arguably"will probably be found to be more readable and informative.....and on this topic,i can think of frames from steve bell that are in themselves more elucidating and memorable....and pointedly aggressive.nonetheless,it is by christopher hitchens,and thus indispensible. what more might he have done,had he lived?read christopher and his mates;you will not find a duff sentence or an untruthful one.....oh,and don't may survive to do some good work yourself..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2015
While it's good that anyone point out Clinton's lying ways and how a raw nerve is exposed when he's caught out, I could find no mention of the sixty-plus murders linked to this shady Arkensas couple, or their large scale drug smuggling business, or the mass shredding of documents that went on at Hillary's law firm once the brown stuff oozed towards the fan. Two boys who happened across one of the drug planes were found hacked to death on train tracks, and police helpfully let everyone off the hook when they concluded the boys must have fallen asleep there. Because let's face it, that's what young, agile kids do when they're late going home - they sleep soundly on a metal rail and some filthy wooden blocks as a rumbling locomotive bears down on them.

Other writers have gone to great lengths to link the Clintons to this grisly underworld but Hitchens focuses only on Bill's affairs - stepping lightly into a graceful Washington dance of fops, even admitting turning down an investigation into what seemed like a strong paternity suit from a woman in Australia (which later proved false) because Chelsea was about 12, and Hitchens felt it would be a painful experience for a sensitive adolescent. All in all the book is anti climactic and unsatisfying; like a celebration over Al Capone being finally convicted.. of tax evasion.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2008
Well written and intriguing analysis of the Clintons during their White house and Senate campaign(Mrs.C) years.Makes for very uncomfortable reading when juxtaposed with the media's slavish indulgence of the "clinton foibles".Given that we now have Mrs.Clinton trying to get back into the White House(seems she did not take enough towels and linens away last time),maybe Hitchens should write an update .After all, Billary have been very busy since this book was written in 2000.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The supreme essayist of his time, Hitchens is less suited to the longer study since character study of depth requires some light and shade, unless you believe your target to be evil, which he is close to believing; he certainly lost a few friends when he testified to committee that a mutual friend had told him of THAT dress. No doubt Clinton is slippery, neither can one dispute that he lacks principle thus 'triangulation' replaces principle as ground for policy. I prefer the other polemics he has written to this one, where Hitchens overdoes the bile heaped onto a man surely less odious than Dubya, whom The Hitch endorsed in the 2004 election. Mind you, it is the too obvious hatchet at work here that causes me to lose the one star, since I give Clinton some credit for intervening in the Balkans. He was by no means a poor President either: the Republicans were terrified of him and I suspect that part of The Hitch's animus originates in the merest trace of envy. Highly readable, interesting and usually correct, it is too vitriolic where that is in excess of the facts....although even here it is fun.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2008
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:

Why not?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2012
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
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