The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 18, 2000 - Political Science - 464 pages
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The journalist who co-wrote the original article breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal for the Washington Post reveals the complete story behind the headlines: a riveting, in-depth account of an event unique in American history -- the first impeachment of an elected president.

"For all of the titillation about thongs and cigars, the story of the impeachment and trial of William Jefferson Clinton was not so much about sex as it was about power. It may have started with an unseemly rendezvous near the Oval Office, but it mushroomed into the Washington battle of a generation, ultimately dragging in all three branches of government....
"Clinton opened his second term vowing to bring the parties together, to become the 'repairer of the breach.' But the last half of the presidency demonstrated that the breach was wider than anyone had anticipated."
-- from the Prologue

With unprecedented access to all the players -- major and minor -- Washington Post reporter Peter Baker reconstructs the compelling drama that gripped the nation for six critical months: the impeachment and trial of William Jefferson Clinton. The Breach vividly depicts the mind-boggling political and legal events as they unfolded, a day-by-day and sometimes hour-by-hour account beginning August 17, 1998, the night of the president's grand-jury testimony and his disastrous speech to the nation, through the House impeachment hearings and the Senate trial, ending on February 12, 1999, the day of his acquittal. Using 350 original interviews, confidential investigation files, diaries, and tape recordings, Baker goes behind the scenes and packs the book with newsworthy revelations -- the infighting among the president's advisers, the pressure among Democrats to call for Clinton's resignation, the secret back-channel negotiations between the White House and Congress, a tour of the War Room set up by Tom DeLay to force Clinton out of office, the agonizing of various members of Congress, the anxiety of lawmakers who feared the exposure of their own sex lives, and Hillary Clinton's learning that her husband would admit his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
The Breach is contemporary history at its best -- shocking, revealing, and consequential. It is a tale of how Washington became lost in "the breach" of its own partisan impulses. All of this, and much more, makes The Breach one of the most important and illuminating volumes of history and contemporary politics of our generation.

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Review: The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton

User Review  - Peg Holsapple - Goodreads

Boring.....Didn't finish. His next book I read about Bush was excellent but this one not so much. Disappointed. Read full review

Review: The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton

User Review  - Damian Brew - Goodreads

Excellent inside baseball look at the politics surrounding the Clinton impeachment episode. While this is almost ancient history at this point, the story is insightful regardless of your political leanings. Probably more of a case than I had expected. Read full review


Cast of Characters
Youre a damn damn damn fool
go to the White House and tell him he has to resign
How can you be so goddamn stupid?
We need to purge the poisons from the system
The crazy right has them by the throat
Somebody in this room ratfucked the president last night
The pressure got to me
Heavenly Father we are in trouble
There may actually be a case here
The horse is stinkingup the room
Shes the best witness I ever saw
Good God Almighty take the vote
The most difficult wrenching and soulsearching vote

There are people in my party who just hate you
We are fighting for the presidency of the United States

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Page 7 - And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places : thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations ; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

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Peter Baker and Susan Glasser were Moscow bureau chiefs for The Washington Post from January 2001 to November 2004. They are married and live in Washington, D.C., with their son, Theodore.

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