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Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper provides a meticulously researched account of the brilliant calculations secret deals and occasionally treacherous maneuverings that led to the Clintons' return to political prominenceIn the twelve years since the Clintons left the White House they have gone from being virtually penniless to multi millionaires and are arguably the most popular politicians in America respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike But behind that rise is a never before told story of strategic cleverness reckless gambles and an unuenchable thirst for political powerInvestigative reporter Daniel Halper uses a wealth of research exclusive documents and detailed interviews with close friends allies and enemies of the Clintons to reveal the strategy they used and the deals they made to turn their political fortunes around Clinton Inc exposes the relationship between President Obama the Bush family and the Clintons and what it means for the future; how Bill and Hillary are laying the groundwork for the upcoming presidential campaign; how Vice President Biden and other Democrats are trying to maneuver around her; Chelsea' s politi

10 thoughts on “Clinton Inc

  1. says:

    Poisonously written Poisonously narrated The author is shocked shocked I tell you that the Clintons are blatantly politically ambitious Every interviewee who claims to have fond feelings about either Bill or Hillary is suspected of lying Every interviewee who has dirt to dish has reuested anonymity I'm listening to this as I drive and I almost went off the road while listening to the interview with Newt Gingrich discussing the Clinton marriage And yet I cannot stop listening I have only myself to blame

  2. says:

    I enjoyed reading this for three primary reasons 1 a compelling description of just how carefully the Clintons have managed their support base for decades 2 the role of Chelsea in the Clinton Foundation and upcoming Hillary campaign and 3 a surprising account of how methodically they have worked to court Republican politicians since the 2008 election and how very successful they have been in softening oppositionIt was marred I believe by gossip and innuendo which I found very tiresome However the book is carefully researched for the most part and I am glad I read it

  3. says:

    Excellent and interesting book on the political careers of Bill and Hillary Clinton While the book is certainly not a rah rah book for the Clintons it is also not entirely negative on them either It is a blunt factual look at how they operate How they are able to win friends and influence people how they manage to successfully destroy their enemies manipulate the press to their benefit and continually rebuild their images in the wake of scandal and catastrophe They are shrewd politicians with both good and bad ualities who have been very successful in the world of American politics

  4. says:

    Too many anonymous off the record sources but nevertheless a look at a political machine and how it works

  5. says:

    I read this book with the presumption that it would be an anti Clinton piece tainting them as egotistical socio paths An image which to be honest I had already held for them based upon my my own outsiders determinations I was in many ways expecting this book to be a softer version of Christopher Hitchens' book 'No one Left to lie to' which goes to the jugular of Bill Clinton and his political legacy in a less than balanced way This book is in no way so direct or personal in its attacks on the family I found that in reading this book my opinions on Bill Clinton remained the same as it confirmed what many other sources and anecdotes had painted of the former president That he was a self absorbed though intelligent man possessing a super memory while having the dangerous addictive lust for women whether they were obliging or not The book gave examples of Bill and Hillary's characters that can be admired as well as something to be shunned and found concerning It was the many depictions of Hillary however that I found most interestingThough this book and many others like it does not portray Hillary as a super woman nor as the shining hope for America It does however show her as being an actual woman a mother and a human being with all of the faults and virtues that are found in most individuals thrown onto the grand stage of political and historical theater I found that this book removed some of the illusions of the cold political witch that seems to surround Hillary and instead related to examples of her being a driven loyal and focused woman who remains strong in many ways to some of her ideological convictions Whether or not you agree or disagree with her ideology I disagree one can not help to respect an individual that for the most part stays the course according to their beliefs Despite the inevitability of compromise found in popular politics That being said there are many recent examples of a recent Hillary showing her true political colours of chameleon and populist politics which at times defies her earlier rhetoric but is that not near all politicians?The book has a lot of tales and anecdotes from every aspect of American political theater and helps to give a some what decent portrayal of the recent history for the Clinton machine The book helps to illustrate the narcissism of Bill the surprising charm of Hillary and the calculating snobbery of Chelsea all the while allowing the reader to appreciate that despite the many flaws in these people they are still human beings A uality that the aforementioned Hitchens avoided in doing when ever he indulges in a one sided attack pieceI think that if you are a shallow Democrat or a fan of the Clinton family then this book may harm the illusions of a sacred entity if you however are objective in your loyalties then maybe you will enjoy it For the stereotypical Republicans and critics of the Family the book perhaps does not go full 'Hitchens' in its condemnations and may not be for youI found this book to be a uick and interesting read and while I am no way any sympathetic or charmed by the Clinton machine I am however in admiration of their tenacity and fluid ability to navigate and seduce the many players of American political life Will Hillary win 2016 ? Who knows but her running despite the many obstacles she has encountered as far as being considered a candidate does illustrate her long term determination to become Mrs POTUS The reality of it all is simply this she would be no better or no worse than the last two 'leaders of the 'free' world' but alas the political theater of two party politics defies this truth But never forget that through all of the portrayals of any political animal they are flawed human beings except that the conseuence of their inadeuacies and savagery is far reaching and destroys lives than can ever be calculated This is not merely a trait of the Clinton's but can also be reserved for other sacred families in American nepotistic political culture from Kennedy to Bush A good and easy read 75 %

  6. says:

    Ah not particularly well researched and not particularly informative Kind of a waste of time but I did plow through it The biggest point that is reiterated here is that the Clinton marriage is one that above all else is currently calculated on the politics of getting Hillary elected president That is very likely to happenI did like the fact that Huma and Anthony Weiner got their due The problem was her husband “I think Huma was trying to separate the same way; the problem is she married a fucking douche bag You know I think she was trying to make that same transition that Doug made” says a ClintonWorld associate “She was transitioning out of State She was trying to be an advisor but still make money on the side Then her husband turned out to be the biggest fucking asshole in the world”And the gloves came off at long last with regard to Chelsea Chelsea might not know everything that goes on around her Nevertheless “She’s really inserted herself” says a source building a reputation as something of a ruthless operator prone to self pity and entitlement Just like dear old dad who is now actively encouraging her entry into another aspect of the family business Some sympathetic to Band uietly wonder whether Chelsea will be able to manage the sprawling network given her young age and limited experience As for her mother’s 2016 hopes Chelsea’s emergence poses similar problems ones which her rivals hope to take advantage of Okay that gives you the flavor Basically this book surveys the usual conservative sources and was timed to come out just before the 2016 election to maximize sales

  7. says:

    I'm in the acknowledgements What's not to like? Besides the terrible language used by so many people in politics

  8. says:

    I worked through Clinton Inc by Daniel Halper and Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer subseuently I found Clinton Cash to be much intelligent and factually accurate the author investigates financial records and the timing of Sen Clinton's meetings votes and policy changes when she was at the State Department Clinton Inc is a much longer view of the lives of the Clintons is less precise in its focus and definitely biased in its commentary The author focuses less on their actual income and business dealings than Clinton Cash does so the title is sort of a misnomer I recommend the latter highly over the former I have also read Hillary's previous two memoirs and two other books written about her so I'm not approaching these books ignorantlyClinton Inc opens with an apt uote from The Great GatsbyThey were careless people Tom and Daisy they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had madeThis book actually reminded me of Michael Lazenby's acclaimed biography of Michael Jordan as the author mainly just compiles 30 years of other people's articles and books on various Clinton controversies Similarly Daniel Halper did not interview the Clintons but interviewed everyone else remotely connected to them that would grant him time He writes that he was contacted by Clinton handlers like James Carville to find out what he was writing about and warned repeatedlyIt is not a balanced view there are too many times when Halper inserts opinion as fact When Hillary cries the tears are prepared without citing a source saying as such There is too much armchair psychiatry is Bill Clinton subconsciously trying to wreck his wife's campaigns because the scrutiny and security details he would face if she is President would hamper his lavish lifestyle and numerous mistresses? Halper provides documents and interview sources for both of thoseThere are the reminders of what was publicly criticized about Bill Clinton's presidencyThe last minute pardon of Mark Rich that stunned Carville and other long time friends and made a lifelong enemy of future Obama AG Eric Holder Rich was pardoned after he and his wife made lavish donations to Clinton's library Hillary's Senate campaign and the DNCAfter the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia Bill Clinton gave no help to Louis Freeh who was investigating and needed cooperation from the Saudis Clinton met with Saudi leadership but came away with over 10 million in donations to his library and Freeh's investigation was never brought upWhile Governor of Arkansas and running for re election as President Bill Clinton and the DNC illegally took Chinese money for his legal defense fund or campaign and later had to give it backhttpsenwikipediaorgwiki1996UnSimilarly Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign and the Clinton Global Initiative saw an inflow of donations and speaking fees for Bill from India and Indian ex pats something the Obama campaign pointed out and later apologized for Both campaigns had donations where it appeared the money was coming from foreigners funneled by US proxiesThe Clinton Global Initiative has similarly taken millions in foreign donations that it has not been as transparent about as promised under its Memorandum of Understanding with the White House when Hillary became Secretary of State The timing of many of these donations and speaking fees for Bill coincide either with key votes and hearings in the Senate or policy decisions while Hillary was Secretary of StateThe Clintons have always had multiple staffers getting multiple salaries from both government agencies the Clintons' foundation and other private sources creating a complex web of interest conflicts Just this past week it was revealed that Huma Abedin Hillary's second daughter was investigated for playing fast and loose with her time sheet and compensation while at the State Departmenthttpwwwpoliticocomstory201509Likewise the man who supposedly maintained Hillary's private email server did not disclose his multiple income sources to the State Department and could be in trouble Abedin according to Halper was intent on having her own career outside Hillaryland until her husband Anthony Weiner resigned his congressional seat in disgrace and suddenly she needed income and away back in Now she's active on the presidential campaign for rehabilitationThen there is the not illegal but disgusting aspects of Clinton WorldBill Clinton's playboy lifestyle Halper cites many anonymous insiders on the exploits of Clinton and his Global Initiative business partners and what they do on their private jets and offices The guy who plays President Bartlett's body man in The West Wing said he had modeled himself after Clinton's own body man Doug Band whom he had spent a lot of time with Band knows Bill better than anyone and has profited off it Here is one New Republic article if you want a criticism from the Left Clinton's mistress on the 2008 campaign trail was an open secret Israeli intelligence supposedly had recordings of Clinton's phone sex conversations with Lewinsky and used it for blackmail the Russians seem to also have had some intel on his exploitsHillary became the first Secretary of State to have a spokesperson for her personal affairs and office rather than one which represented the State Department as a whole Halper writes that it was the Clinton campaign that started the Obama birther rumors in 2007 that the Republicans have since been blamed for There is Media Matters and other pro Clinton outfits that try to manipulate or intimidate the media into favoring Hillary these got ugly during the 2007 campaign as many in the Democratic establishment such as the Kennedys began to favor Obama who Bill Clinton was famously reluctant to support Halper interviews John McCain who reveals that Bill Clinton and he conversed freuently throughout the campaign Clinton advising the opponent of his own partyThe Clintons particularly Bill have a way of charming their enemies and Halper devotes much of the book to this aspect Halper uotes former enemies such as Trent Lott Ken Starr Newt Gingrich and the Bush family as praising and defending Bill Clinton after he repeatedly reached out to them over the years sometimes sending a note of condolence after tragedy or inviting them to meetings where he'd be uite personable People who have lent rooms to Clinton only to see him trash them in his escapades still get calls from Bill in which he again endears himself to them and they remain loyalBut what can be said about Hillary's improprieties? Clinton Inc contains much less damning evidence than Clinton Cash She was a true team player in Obama's cabinet She got along with Bob Gates and other cabinet members and earned the respect of John McCain and others when she was Senator But Halper spares no punches in discussing Bhengazi writing that Clinton did not lift a finger to offer any aid to the beseiged consulate make phone calls to the White House or the Defense Department or seem to even be getting updates as it was going on He uotes her Senate testimony as simply avoiding the uestions It is clear Halper has convicted Hillary on these points in his own mind Halper relies heavily on previous muck raking books regarding Hillary's relationship with Vince Foster and the mysteriousness of his deathContrary to other journalists Halper takes the Obama Clinton joint appearance on 60 Minutes as an overt endorsement of Clinton for President even though Halper writes often that Team Obama despises the Clintons and see Bill as overrated Here is where I see one potential inaccuracy of Halper's reporting he writes that Obama disdains Joe Biden hence the endorsement of Hillary This is the opposite of what Ed Klein has written that the Clintons were irked by what they perceived as reneging on the deal made during the re election campaign Bill Clinton would campaign hard for Obama and do his magical speech at the DNC in return for Obama's endorsement of Hillary Ed Klein wrote that the 60 Minutes bit was not an overt endorsement of Clinton because Obama liked Joe Biden and thought he should also consider running I have read Bob Gates and Leon Panetta's memoirs as well as the Broadwell biography of David Petraeus and all write about how Biden is the last person in the room with Obama on major decisions and meetings They certainly seem to have a chummy relationship even though Obama obviously struggled with Biden's gaffes This contrasts with the insider portrait of Obama hating his non person VP and I don't buy itI give this book 25 stars If you're looking for a summary of all that has been written about Clinton scandals through the years this book will save you the time of reading the previous ones If you're looking for original thoughts or research there is not many I find it amusing that several of the 1 star reviews for this book state that it was too favorable and didn't go far enough as it leaves out some of the incredible conspiracy theories about the Clintons

  9. says:

    A book obviously mainly told from one side which tells of the Clinton Dynasty and mainly the continuation of the money raising political after Bill left the White House to continue working for Hillary

  10. says:

    It never ceases to amaze me the number of political tell all books that are released just prior to every presidential election cycle Daniel Halper’s 2014 release “Clinton Inc” may be slightly ahead of the 2016 campaign but nevertheless is no exception to the rule Whether these political exposes actually make a difference in the outcome of who wins the White House would make an interesting book in itself It’s hard to judge here if Halper meant to help or hurt Hillary Rodham Clinton’s expected second race to the Oval OfficeHalper seems to uncover some new ground here Or he at least puts into print what we may have thought to be true or false when it comes to the Clinton political machine For one example Halper suggests that “Hillary Clinton has built a virtual dossier of praise and support from Republican colleagues who might publicly denounce her for political purposes but in private seem to downright like her” That pretty much sums up everything you need to know about the next presidential vote It’s a reoccurring theme in this 285 page Clinton family profile In short the Republicans’ “love affair with Hillary” at least Republicans who were Senator Clinton’s biggest opponents during her time as First Lady “demonstrates the difficulty her likely 2016 Republican challengers will face in trying to build a coalition against her” Halper does a pretty thorough job here of unmasking the Clinton mystiue He takes us inside the personalities of Bill Hillary and their only child Chelsea warts and all Halper finds the former president to be “self indulgent shameless brilliant capable scandalous and a consummate charmer” The author also digs into Bill Clinton’s “now famous bond with the Bush family and the larger BushWorld in general” Halper suggests that “was a key element in the rebuilding of the Clinton brand” Newt Gingrich for one thinks that odd alliance isn’t healthy The former Speaker of the House told Halper “The most single damaging thing the Bush family has done to politics was to resuscitate Bill and Hillary Clinton and give them a bipartisan veneer”An online editor for the Weekly Standard Daniel Halper covers a lot of political ground here He reviews the numerous Clinton scandals both legal and sexual He probes into the Clinton’s rud “enemies list” He speculates on a rud deal between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton This so called “alliance of necessity” Halper seems to suggest will all but guarantee the former Secretary of State a place in history as the first female President of the United StatesIf there’s any weakness to this well researched and documented Clinton bio it’s this Time and time again Halper is forced to identify his source as someone “who reuested anonymity to speak freely” It’s admirable that Halper got so many people to reportedly dish the dirt on the Clinton’s as long as they were not identified But so many un named sources could also suggest that it’s all smoke and mirrors You could argue do these anonymous people really exist? If so what are they afraid of? Why won’t they talk on the record? Or Dorothy should we just not pay attention to the man or woman behind the curtain?