Blood Sport: The Truth Behind the Scandals in the Clinton White House by James B. Stewart
Stewart gives a reasonably in-depth examination of Whitewater and Vince Fosters suicide, and skitters over the surface of Travelgate (the firing of the White House travel office), which frankly is more information than I had about Travelgate to this point. His story begins with the friendship of the Clintons and the McDougals dating back to the late 70s and continues through to the initial filing of Paula Joness sexual harrassment lawsuit. At the books conclusion, Clinton has been reelected and the independent counsel Robert Fiske has been replaced with Kenneth Starr. Monica Lewinsky still lies in the future.
I would probably call Stewarts treatment of these topics balanced, which is not necessarily a compliment. If youre an ordinary person, not a journalist, what you usually want is truth, not balance. I wouldnt recommend this book unless youre desperate to know more about Whitewater, but if you do read it, it should be in conjunction with Gene Lyons Fools for Scandal: How the Media Invented Whitewater, given that Lyons is never concerned with balance, and always with truth.
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In less than a year, the new administration was mired in a sea of scandals: Travelgate, Nannygate, and, most consequentially, Whitewater. What went wrong? In the second episode of our series on the impeachment of Bill Clinton, Leon Neyfakh follows the Clintons and their friends and allies from the sleepy capital of Arkansas into the glare of Washington. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This week we hear from Dr. Leon also discusses the making of Episode 2 with Slate senior producer Mary Wilson.
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