American Rhapsody

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 16, 2001 - Political Science - 464 pages

  If the Watergate scandal was a previous generation's National Nightmare, then maybe the Clinton scandal was our National Wet Dream, and who better to narrate it than the screenwriter Joe Eszterhas?  In American Rhapsody, Eszterhas, whose credits include Basic Instinct and Showgirls, and Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse, for which he was nominated for a National Book Award, takes us through the events that threatened to topple a president and left most of the nation's citizens with, at the very least, a bad taste in their mouths. 
   Taking full advantage of his considerable journalistic and storytelling talents, Eszterhas gives us every fact, rumor, or innuendo surrounding the president's foibles in the context of late century American politics and entertainment.  Here Washington and Hollywood do more than just flirt with each other; they share the same bed.  From scandalmongers Matt Drudge (who began as a Hollywood gossip) and Ken Starr, to would-be president paramours Sharon Stone and Barbra Streisand, to his final, unimpeachable witness, Willard—none other than President Clinton's talking penis—Eszterhas gives us the goods on the story that nobody could stop talking about and, thanks to American Rhapsody, will be impossible to think about the same way again.

 

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Contents

The Whole World Is Watching
3
Monica Andy and Handsome
15
The War on Acid Reflux Kenneth W Starr Confesses
85
Hillary and Bill
92
Monica Andy and Butthead
99
Monica Feels His Pain
112
Nixon Impregnates Monica
124
Act Two MYSTERY TRAIN
135
Billy Likes Doing
188
Better Than a Lava Lamp
197
Bubba in Pig Heaven
206
The Presidents Piece of Cake
223
Bob Packwoods Reptile Tongue
231
The Scavenger from Cyberspace
239
Hillary Loves Eleanor
249
The Sorceress from Hell
255

David Geffen Is Angry
142
Ross Peroton Drugs
151
Jay Leno and the Cigar
169
Act Three SUSPICIOUS MINDS
267
lo The Man with the Golden Willard
387
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About the author (2001)

Joe Eszterhas was born in Hungary, spent his first six years in Austrian refugee camps, and came to the United States in 1950.  He lives in Point Dume, California, with his wife Naomi and their three children.  He has two grown children from his first marriage.  

He has been awarded the Emanuel Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award for work dedicated to the memory of the holocaust in Hungary. He has also won awards for attending every one of his son's Little League games and for writing Showgirls (the Hollywood Women's Press Association's Sour Apple Award).

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