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Peter Schweizer (1) (1964–)

Author of Clinton Cash

For other authors named Peter Schweizer, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Peter Schweizer is lives in Palo Alto, California. Peter Schweizer received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He is the William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a best-selling author and a partner in the firm Oval show more Office Writers. Schweizer served as a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House, as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the Sandia National Laboratory and as a consultant to NBC News. His books include several New York Times and Washington Post bestsellers. Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) was the subject of a feature on CBS' 60 Minutes and Newsweek. Schweizer's other non-fiction books include Reagan's War (Doubleday, 2002); Architects of Ruin (Harper, 2009); Victory (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994); Do As I Say (Not As I Do) (Doubleday, 2005); and Makers and Takers (Doubleday, 2008). He is also the co-author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004). Schweizer's academic books are Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2006); The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005); and The Fall Of The Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War (Hoover Institution Press, 2000). He was also a contributor to Living in the Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2008). In 2013, he made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title Extortion. In 2015 he made the same list again with his title: Clinton Cash. His next book, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, was published in March 2018. Schweizer's articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and National Review and he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Peter Schweizer

Clinton Cash (2015) 575 copies, 7 reviews
Throw Them All Out (2011) 165 copies, 2 reviews
Disney: The Mouse Betrayed (1998) 84 copies, 3 reviews

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An eye-opening book as to just how much the Americans are for sale (like George Carlin said). It's ironic how when the US meddles in my country's affairs, buys out politicians - that's fine, but when someone does it to them, it's bad.
atrillox | 3 other reviews | Nov 27, 2023 |
A disturbing book. It tells you everything you knew was true about government corruption but were afraid to admit. The trouble with government is NOT that this party or that party is in control and is doing wrong, but rather it is that both parties are corrupt and playing their voter bases for fools. Democrats might think that corporations should be regulated and that their political leaders are dedicated to doing just that. Republicans might think that corporations are already overregulated and that their political leaders are dedicated to rolling back regulations. These are lies.

Actually, politicians and bureaucrats are gaming the system, trying to maximize the amount of money available for their personal use. They have figured out ways of doing this that are "extralegal"; that is, not ethical but not technically illegal, either.

Often, their methods look a lot like extortion. (Schweizer points out that often the difference between a bribe and extortion is a matter of perception; you have to look at the preponderance of evidence to tell them apart, and even then it may be difficult to prove.)

Under the current set up, legislation is not for doing good, it's for extorting money out of corporations. As Peter Schweizer puts it, money is not corrupting politics; politicians are already corrupt, and they are corrupting money in several different ways. Why else would corporations only give to politicians--whether Democrats or Republicans--mainly on the occasion of important legislation that helps (or hurts) those corporations, and why would powerful committee chairmen or party leaders who have the most sway on votes--who can even determine whether and when a vote will happen--attract the most donations? Why else does each side depend on the supposed abuses of the other side to gin up contributions but never do anything to reform the system so those alleged abuses stop? Why does each politician have several different campaign funds that they use to accumulate money for themselves or even to pay off each other? Why is it that--even though economists agree that tax credits for research and development have been good for the economy and for the general improvement of life--Congress has not made these credits permanent but instead has voted to extend them every few years since 1981, thus making corporations contribute to politicians on both sides on the occasion of each vote? Why do members of the administration hire themselves out as consultants to help corporations fight arcane laws and hostile policies that these former insiders formulated? Why are corporations so easily persuaded to hire relatives of politicians as consultants?

This book paints a depressing picture of what Schweizer calls "the permanent political class." Depressing because these people will not reform the corrupt system they have built. As Schweizer puts it, you or I might complain that the system isn't working, but for the politicians and bureaucrats who are making money off of their so-called public service, the system is working fine.
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MilesFowler | Jul 16, 2023 |
Peter Shweizer has noted that the research for this book was the scariest research he’d ever done. The results are beyond scary. The author meticulously details the corrupt ties between the CCP and our political elite on both sides of the aisle, tech companies, Wall Street and higher education. He is remarkably detailed about the ties that the Bidens have to the CCP. Alarming and devastating, this book is a must read for every concerned citizen.
luke66 | 3 other reviews | Oct 22, 2022 |
The Clintons grew rich not through their own efforts but by the largesse of foreign governments. In the long lead up to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign announcement, aides proved adept in swatting down critical books as conservative propaganda, including Edward Klein’s “Blood Feud,” about tensions between the Clintons and the Obamas, and Daniel Halper’s “Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.”

But “Clinton Cash” is potentially more unsettling, both because of its focused reporting and because major news organizations including the Times, The Washington Post and Fox News have exclusive agreements with the author to pursue the story lines found in the book.

That's right. At least some of Schweizer's reporting checked out and informed mainstream news reports. The Washington Post reported last April that “Bill Clinton was paid at least $26 million in speaking fees by companies and organizations that are also major donors to the foundation he created after leaving the White House.”
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gmicksmith | 6 other reviews | Sep 17, 2022 |



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