No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton

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Verso, 2000 - History - 150 pages
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'Clintonism' is not an idea, or a program; still less is it a principle. It represents what might be termed-were it not for its murk-the distilled essence of consensus politics. Unremarkable in its constituent elements, which are a mixture of opportunist statecraft, crony capitalism, 'divide and rule' identity politics, and populist manipulation, Clintonism has nonetheless raised these ordinary practices to the level of theory. It has succeeded, argues the author, because of a stealthy appeal to the waning and insecure forces of an American liberalism gone bad. Christopher Hitchens followed Governor Clinton through New Hampshire in 1992, and has remained an assiduous student of his methods ever since.

In No One Left to Lie To, he profiles the rise and decline of some prominent Clintonoids, from George Stephanopoulos to the First Lady. He scrutinizes the debased new language in which the discourse of Clintonism has been couched, and proposes that, if successful, the Clinton machine will become the model of pseudo-democracy for the coming century.
 

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User Review  - heradas - LibraryThing

While a lot of the evidences put forth by Hitchens in this short expose did seem somewhat circumstantial, chapters 5 (Clinton's War Crimes) and 6 (Is There a Rapist in the Oval Office?) completely ... Read full review

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User Review  - JonArnold - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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Contents

TRIANGULATION
17
CHAMELEON IN BLACK AND WHITE
31
THE POLICY COUP
49
A QUESTION OF CHARACTER
73
CLINTONS WAR CRIMES
85
IS THERE A RAPIST IN THE OVAL OFFICE?
103
THE SHADOW OF THE CON MAN Rodhams Last Hurrah
119
AFTERWORD
139
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Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.

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