In No One Left to Lie To, Christopher Hitchens portrays President Bill Clinton as one of the most ideologically skewed and morally negligent politicians of recent times. In a blistering polemic which shows that Clinton was at once philanderer and philistine, crooked and corrupt, Hitchens challenges perceptions – of liberals and conservatives alike – of this highly divisive figure.
With blistering wit and meticulous documentation, Hitchens masterfully deconstructs Clinton’s abject propensity for pandering to the Left while delivering to the Right and argues that the president’s personal transgressions were inseparable from his political corruption.
With his usual concise and devastating literary style, Hitch was not a man to hold back when he came across hypocrisy and lies. Rooting out the shameful nature of Bill Clinton’s presidency, he is angry, and rightfully so. As with his book, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, such a work should surely call for a law suit or three were the claims wholly inaccurate, tellingly, none there came.
Books like this are essential, not only to shine a light on the dizzyingly shameful complicity of the press, but also to give examples of what good journalism actually is; Reporting accurately and consistently, with research and sources, and exposing the dissembling and corrupt.
Bill’s career highlights are all here, including the numerous sexual assaults on women, the launching of bombing missions to coincide with congressional hearings and therefore divert the media’s attention, the dismantling of welfare, and his propensity to about-face on any promise he gave. It is surprising, but not shocking to discover just degenerate the politics here is.
A mercenary couple, the Clintons were happy to sell everybody out to keep themselves insulated and, more importantly, still in power. Hillary gets a chapter too, in which it was bizarrely comical to discover that on a trip to New Zealand, Hillary once claimed she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Everest (which in actuality happened several years after her christening), presumably in an attempt to gain more adulation.
Those wanting Hillary on the throne of corporate America would do well to read this book and reconsider the legacy of the husband’s tenure, and what exactly his future unseen role would be – as well as her own past record – were she to be the first female President. How this couple still find themselves politically viable is a result of the system being horribly broken, and that is a concern for us all.