Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ken Gormley's Best-Selling Clinton Book

The Reviews are in and THE DEATH OF AMERICAN VIRTUE: Clinton vs. Starr by author and interim dean and professor of law at Duquesne University Ken Gormley is quickly climbing the best-seller lists as Mr. Gormley continues his book tour. This explosive new book tells the complete, balanced, and revealing story of the scandals that nearly destroyed Bill Clinton's presidency. Reflecting a decade of research and unprecedented access, it is a book that Clinton supporters and detractors will both love and be troubled by.

LA Times: The author provides everything you wanted to know about the former president, independent counsel, Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones and others, in 800 pages. Weighing in at nearly 800 pages, Gormley's "The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr" spares nary a detail in its effort to be the definitive text on a saga that began with allegations about a 1978 Arkansas land deal and ended more than two decades later with a sensational report compiled by Ken Starr's Office of the Independent Counsel and an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.

The Washington Post: Ken Gormley's new book about the Clinton impeachment saga bears the lurid and trite title "The Death of American Virtue," which sounds like a mashup of works by the conservative pundit William Bennett. Happily, though, it's nothing of the sort. It is, rather, something I didn't imagine would arrive so soon: a restrained, fair-minded, soup-to-nuts history of the largely fruitless investigations of Bill Clinton that shadowed so much of his presidency.

San Francisco Chronicle: it's a great read that reveals the core dynamics of historical events that influence (and plague) American political life to this day. Gormley is particularly good at teasing out turning points at which apparently minor decisions resulted in momentous consequences.

The Philly Inquirer

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