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No One Left To Lie To: The Values of the…

No One Left To Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family (1999)

by Christopher Hitchens

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Hitchens, ever the iconoclast, lays into Bill Clinton with the ferocity of Mike Tyson in his 1980s prime. Actually, that’s unfair – it’s more like the considered, thorough pasting Lennox Lewis doled out which confirmed Tyson as a thoroughly spent force.

Clinton, like Obama, rode to power by tapping into an electoral reservoir of hope, of a need for change after more than a decade of a Republican government. Hitchens paints his electoral tactics there as dirty and thoroughly cynical. He covers the obvious Lewinsky affair but finds it part of a pattern rather than a one off. His time in the Oval Office is portrayed as being dedicated to self-enrichment at the expense of the little people who elected him and ultimately a betrayal of the hopes he was elected on. It often comes across that Hitchens’ ire is down to the waste of a chance for genuine change, instead entrenching the neoliberal consensus established by Reagan and Bush. Essentially Clinton’s version of politics is seen as bleak, based on a cynical exploitation of hope, dreams and the better side of human nature. As with so much of Hitchens it’s an enlightening read which runs counter to the more sanitised version of history, though it’s only one side of the story. ( )
  JonArnold | Aug 14, 2014 |
I love Cristopher Hitchens but I was disappointed by this book. This is not a journalism. This is an uninterrupted flow of hatred. Hatred that doesn't stop with Clinton but spills over to all around him. All the points made in the book notwithstanding - and it's scary if even some of them are true - I can't consider it seriously. It's just one-sided to the extreme. ( )
  everfresh1 | Dec 21, 2010 |
turgid writing but interesting. sad but true ( )
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An indictment of the person and practices of President Bill Clinton, arguing that the public focus on Clinton's sexual indiscretions has detracted attention from even worse behavior including his cronyism and financial misdeeds.

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