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

The Breach Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton This New York Times bestseller examines the Lewinsky scandal of the Clinton White House and its aftermath and presents a fascinating look into the breach that continues to fracture the American body

  • Title: The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton
  • Author: Peter Baker
  • ISBN: 9780425172452
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • This New York Times bestseller examines the Lewinsky scandal of the Clinton White House and its aftermath, and presents a fascinating look into the breach that continues to fracture the American body politic A new afterword includes information on President Clinton s last days in office Photos.

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    • Mary says:

      Written only a year following Bill Clinton's acquittal in his impeachment trial, "The Breach" is a timely book for today as the issue of a possible presidential impeachment is again in the news. Peter Baker's in-depth and meticulously detailed account highlights the difficulties involved in removing a president from office, even when the opposite party controls the Congress. Still, Clinton has hardly been exonerated in the court of public opinion, even though he remained in office. And, in a str [...]

    • Lobstergirl says:

      A solid effort from journalist Baker, although I definitely could have done without Susan Collins' insipid diary entries ("Ironically, having been through this crisis may make it easier, not harder, for us to work together. This experience has changed each of us individually, and as a Senate, forever.") and the standard hackneyed Beltwayese adjectives. Politicians are fresh-faced (Evan Bayh), crusty (Ted Stevens, three times crusty), maverick (Peter King, Lowell Weicker, Russell Feingold, and of [...]

    • Kevin Kolenda says:

      It is totally Brutal what this man did and tried to get away with . . . and as a president . . . the lying fully knowing what was "on the record" is is not my opinion, as this is a record of the trial transcripts documentationif you read this book . . you probably would not be able to look this man in the eye even when he is on TV . . . it shows how close he was to impeachment . . but that the system is set up for it to be virtually impossible after Nixon

    • Eric says:

      This is a nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes look at Congress and the White House during the House impeachment and Senate trial. It's a fascinating display of the way the major parties practice politics. Contrary to most appearances, Republicans and Democrats don't hate each other, at an institutional level. And rarely do their public words and utterances match their private beliefs and actions.Peter Baker covered the White House for the Washington Post from 1996 to 1999, so he witnessed many of th [...]

    • Nathan says:

      The Breach was not what I was expecting. Going into it, I was pretty sure it would be a political hack job against the Republicans without revealing much of the actual process that led to President Clinton's impeachment. Thankfully, Baker surprised me. The Breach reveals the absurdity of it all, without the daily, opinion-shifting political winds of the newspapers and talk shows of the time or the pro or con books showing up every Tuesday on the "new books" rack at your libraries and Borders. Th [...]

    • Alanmartinson says:

      An in-depth account of the Clinton Impeachment, this book caused me to vascillate between disgust with our current political situation, including the failures of our constitutional system, and renewed hope for our leaders and constitutional system. I like Bill Clinton less, his advisors more, the House less, the Senate more, Tom Delay less (if that were possible), Henry Hyde more, and so on. In all, a thoughtful and engaging account of one of the more unfortunate chapters in our history.

    • Rob says:

      As someone who believes the country went crazy during this impeachment crisis, and that the whole tawdry episode was the result of jealous Republicans, this was a refreshing inside look at the whole affair. I can't count how many times I cursed Tom DeLay and his posse while I read this book. I can't decide if he looked more rediculous foaming at the mouth during the impeachment crisis, or on Dancing with the Stars.

    • Damian Brew says:

      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.

    • Peg Holsapple says:

      BoringDidn't finish. His next book I read about Bush was excellent but this one not so much. Disappointed.

    • Ian Headon says:

      ExcellentRemarkably detailed summary of the impeachmentNon partisan - many new details and perspectives, including how intelligent Ms Lewinsky was viewedThoroughly recommend

    • Matt says:

      A solid tick-tock telling of how the Clinton impeachment played out between Congress and the White House. A good book to read after reading Michael Isikoff's Uncovering Clinton.

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