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on 12 July 2016
Okay - I'll admit I am reading this book about 17 years too late! But, on the plus side, I have been able to pay just 1p plus postage for a pristine hardback copy! Now, up until reading this book my opinion on this story was: Bill Clinton is a selfish, misogynistic womanizer who uses and abuses women and discards them like old tissues. And Monica Lewinsky was a foolish, impressionable, star-struck young girl swept up in dreams of an enduring romance and relationship with the most powerful man in the world. Monica was, always in my view, more sinned against than sinning. And to a degree, I still hold these opinions, but they are now nuanced by this book. Monica was not quite as innocent as I imagined... and in the conversations she reveals, I see there is possibly a sadness about Bill Clinton - and a loneliness in his marriage that may explain at least partly his ongoing sexual incontinence. Monica came to Washington as an intern with eyes on a post-graduate degree after completing the internship. But she did leave behind in Portland, Oregon a rather messy and unfinished relationship
with a married man that had been ongoing for several years. So, Monica = not so innocent! Her low self-esteem connected to her life-long weight problems may go some way toward explaining her attraction to unavailable men, and she also had a difficult relationship with her father, now divorced from her mother. Her relationship with Bill Clinton was not, however, as I had thought, just a laughable sexual fling - but a true friendship with much affection expressed between them. Even when Bill had called off the physical connection, he continued to phone
Monica for late night telephone chats - indicating that he had a need for the comfort of her friendship after stopping the sexual contact. He
comes across in the conversations she reveals as lonely within his marriage - and finding solace and fun in their light-hearted relationship punctuated with laughter, many exchanges of personal gifts, pet names and just simple companionship. At one stage he confesses to Monica of the lies and womanzing he indulged in during his younger years, but claimed to have made a concerted effort to stop after the age of 40 - to save his marriage and protect his daughter. Is this true or not? Who knows? But Clinton is surely a complex man burdened with a
lot of guilt, a loose definition of 'truth' and an uncontrollable sexual appetite. Of course once the affair was exposed, Clinton quickly
showed his true colours as a politician first and foremost, and it was an all-out campaign to save his career at the expense of Monica's reputation. He was certainly able to ditch any of the apparent affection he held for 'Miss Lewinsky' when his career was at stake. So having read the whole sorry saga, I still feel sorry for Monica - silly love-struck girl that she was. But she was largely the author of her own misfortune. And as for Bill, he is still a ruthless womanizer and compromiser of the truth, but I have a little more insight into his character
and the true nature of his friendship with Monica. And just a moment to mention the despicable Linda Tripp. Has there ever been a scummier villain of the piece than this loathsome woman? I think not! Now many years have passed since this book was written, when the scandal was still fresh news. Monica has not married and has no children, something she dearly wanted. Had she not had the misfortune to cross paths with the predatory Mr Clinton, what would her life have been? To have weathered the public trauma she underwent when the scandal blew up, and emerged sane and reasonably successful is a testament to her strength of character. And I wish her well in the years to come.
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on 25 May 2017
I'm a BIG fan of Andrew Morton, with his clear, concise and well-written style, and he does not disappoint in this shocking expose of what ACTUALLY happened between Ms. Lewinsky and The President. The detail in the book was phenomenal - I got a whole new perspective on the affair, and I came away believing Ms. Lewinsky was taken extreme advantage of by Bill Clinton and railroaded by Kenneth Starr and his cohorts. The book also exposes the true depth of betrayal by Linda Tripp, who had her own vile agenda for sending "a friend" down the river. Nasty, nasty woman - I wonder HOW she can sleep at night, almost 20 years after the revelations; she does NOT deserve to sleep for what she did. The book also describes what took place in The Oval Office - shocking, shocking revelations of The President's base behavior - until I realized it was no different from what takes place in every office of every corporation in America every day. At the end of the day, I came away sympathizing with Ms. Lewinsky's predicament - she was so young, so impressionable, so caught up in the shenanigans of Washington. She is NOT to blame for what happened (she believed the President's duplicitous words) and she certainly paid the price for her choices in more ways than one. How she got through it, I'll never know and it's testament to her courage that she did. She deserves our compassion (NOT in a condescending way, for she would HATE that - this young girl has grown into a strong woman....) and our admiration for her honesty - while the Pres was busy denying it all, putting a politician's spin on it, SHE was being truthful and for a while continued to protect the President. I hope she is now living a happy, healthy life now and has put this whole sordid scene behind her. I LOVED THIS BOOK! It's a MUST-read!
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on 2 June 2017
Oh so Miss Innocent ! somehow I just don't believe her, for someone allegedly so intelligent, did she really think the President would risk all ?
please do me a favour
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on 30 May 2016
Plodding and boring.
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on 14 November 1999
I started reading the book with an open mind, not having sided with either party whilst the media were covering the "Scandal". Having now read it through, cover to cover, I can symapathize with both the President, because he worked under extreme pressure and Monica brought out a natural side in him. But I also felt Monica needed "Love" and needed to be "needed" by someone whom treated her in an extrodinary way.
Neither party deserved to be hounded.....Each one of us makes mistakes at some time in our lives, but we are not so "Public".
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on 21 April 1999
Monica shows strength of character sufficient to preserve her sanity and personality intact despite humiliation on a global scale. Celebrity status will inevitably follow for who knows how many years but after such a horrendous experience she deserves it. Maybe she shouldn't have had an affair with the president of the united states but it should have remained their own business. Nothing was gained by the Independent Counsel's pursuit of the two principals in this story which deserves telling by at least one of them.A Reader
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on 29 August 1999
I bought Monica's Story because I had watched the story unfolding and thought it would be interesting to see Monica's side of the story.
I was amazed by the way in which a womans life was almost totally destroyed because she was in love. Monica's Story could teach us all a thing or two.
I have a great deal of admiration for Monica as she has been to the lowest place on earth and has come through it with the help of her family and friends.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with a curious nature.
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on 17 November 2002
I bought this book because I enjoyed Andrew Morton's book about Princess Diana. This book presents the human side, as opposed to the political side, of the story, form Monica's point of view. I think Andrew Morton was the perfect author to have taken on this book, and I would like to thank him for writing it. I can hardly wait for his next book.
I was interested in knowing how Monica felt about the whole thing, and it was just what this book told me.
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on 19 August 1999
Monica comes off as an immature and volatile person capable of throwing embarassing scenes. (Note the scenes with Betty Curry). And Clinton, after a while, appears to be trying to appease her and also seems to be trying to sound out the situation. She seems to be relentless in her approach toward him, and he seems to be trying to distance himself as best he could without setting her off. On the basis of some furtive sex (but not intercourse) she decides this is a relationship.The story seems to be honestly written from her viewpoint, but fails when it makes the assertion that Monica did the Walters interview for no money; not that I blame her, but didn't she get the rights to the European broadcasts and a percentage? The story has most of its value from the picture it draws of the intricate play of politics, circumstance and governmental power and abuse. However, one gets impatient, as I did, with her emotional ramblings and fantasies, even if I might have reacted the same way at that age.
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on 10 May 1999
Recently I heard a woman from America on the Niccki Cambell show who wrote a book about her life called The Company She Keeps. I have now read Monica's story and Georgia Durante's story. There is no comparison. There was nothing for the spirit to gain in Monica's story. Curiosity seekers may find it interesting, but if you want to be entertained and walk away with some valve added to your life... Monic'a story is not the book I would recomend.
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