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The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton
 
 
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The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton [ハードカバー]

Peter Baker


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The journalist who co-wrote the original article breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal for the Washington Post reveals the complete story behind the headlines: a riveting, in-depth account of an event unique in American history -- the first impeachment of an elected president.


"For all of the titillation about thongs and cigars, the story of the impeachment and trial of William Jefferson Clinton was not so much about sex as it was about power. It may have started with an unseemly rendezvous near the Oval Office, but it mushroomed into the Washington battle of a generation, ultimately dragging in all three branches of government....

"Clinton opened his second term vowing to bring the parties together, to become the 'repairer of the breach.' But the last half of the presidency demonstrated that the breach was wider than anyone had anticipated."

-- from the Prologue


With unprecedented access to all the players -- major and minor -- Washington Post reporter Peter Baker reconstructs the compelling drama that gripped the nation for six critical months: the impeachment and trial of William Jefferson Clinton. The Breach vividly depicts the mind-boggling political and legal events as they unfolded, a day-by-day and sometimes hour-by-hour account beginning August 17, 1998, the night of the president's grand-jury testimony and his disastrous speech to the nation, through the House impeachment hearings and the Senate trial, ending on February 12, 1999, the day of his acquittal. Using 350 original interviews, confidential investigation files, diaries, and tape recordings, Baker goes behind the scenes and packs the book with newsworthy revelations -- the infighting among the president's advisers, the pressure among Democrats to call for Clinton's resignation, the secret back-channel negotiations between the White House and Congress, a tour of the War Room set up by Tom DeLay to force Clinton out of office, the agonizing of various members of Congress, the anxiety of lawmakers who feared the exposure of their own sex lives, and Hillary Clinton's learning that her husband would admit his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

The Breach is contemporary history at its best -- shocking, revealing, and consequential. It is a tale of how Washington became lost in "the breach" of its own partisan impulses. All of this, and much more, makes The Breach one of the most important and illuminating volumes of history and contemporary politics of our generation.

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Brill's Content Call him a journalist's journalist....One reason Baker is considered a great reporter is that he never takes no for an answer.

Bob Woodward author of Shadow and All the President's Men The definitive work on Bill Clinton's impeachment and trial -- the how, the why, the full story of one of the most important six months in recent American history. Brilliant, balanced, in-depth reporting with fresh new revelations on all fronts -- the House of Representatives that impeached him, the White House that defended him, and the Senate that acquitted him.

Helen Thomas author of Front Row at the White House The Breach by Peter Baker is a remarkable and gripping account of the behind-the-scenes machinations at the White House and on Capitol Hill during the impeachment process. It's a great contribution to history and beautifully written, and he got people to talk.

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  • ハードカバー: 464ページ
  • 出版社: Scribner (2000/9/18)
  • 言語: 英語, 英語, 英語
  • ISBN-10: 068486813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684868134
  • 発売日: 2000/9/18
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 24.3 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm
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41 人中、38人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 The Final Book 2000/9/19
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This is an insightful, well-written account by a someone who was given unprecedented access to all of the players. Baker is not only a gifted writer, but is a talented investigative reporter who knows how to write without injecting his own bias into his writing. Undoubtedly his well-deserved reputation for accurate reporting was a major reason why so many opened up to him. This is a book that readers -- regardless of their personal views -- will find insightful, and perhaps, the "final" book on this sordid affair. It will certainly be a book that historians will refer to in years to come.
26 人中、24人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Everyone should read this well-documented, insightful book 2000/9/27
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The people involved and the story of the impeachment are well known, but this book is so compelling in it's detail and behind the scenes reporting of events. I could not detect a bias by the author, and I am amazed that so many people involved in the episode spoke so revealingly to him. There was so much going on behind the scenes that we were not privy to, previously. It is an insight not only into the impeachment process, but into the politicians who were so conflicted in their roles and decision-making. It is just a wonderful book!
11 人中、11人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Tidying Up The Mess 2001/8/29
By カスタマー - (Amazon.com)
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The Breach is arguably the best political book of recent years. The Washington Post's Peter Baker took a topic everyone was sick of, and summarized it -- sticking to what really mattered. The book chronicles the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Period. Baker shows what went on behind the scenes, what deals were cut to keep Clinton in office, and the ambivalence of Republican leaders about pursuing a politically unpopular course. He shows why some members of both parties came to loathe Clinton, and how Clinton's own lieutenants felt. And he reveals why events unfolded as they did, and how once started, the process could not be stopped -- despite the efforts of some Republicans to "turn off impeachment" for fear of rushing down the wrong track of history. This is not a book about sex, nor a book about the Clinton marriage. Baker is writing a history for history, and sifts through all the pundit babble and misdirected salaciousness to report accurately on one of the most important events of recent American history. For anyone who was transfixed by the magnitude of the events but couldn't stomach the way it was handled by much of the press, this is the book for you.
15 人中、14人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Detailed, Non-Ideological Look at Clinton's Impeachment 2001/2/6
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This is a very well researched, even-handed study of the entire Clinton impeachment and trial episode. Often, the books examining this topic are clearly ideological (for example, Schippers horribly written, self-serving "Sell Out"). Baker does a great job of providing insight on the various stages of the events that made up this time in our nation's history. He does this by having almost unparalled access to the thoughts and conversations of the major players. For example, what better way to know what various Senators were thinking during the trial than to examine journals and notes belonging to those Senators? Due to his excellent reputation for veracity and fairness, Baker was given access to such sources (e.g., Senator Collins' impeachment diary) and to conversations normally kept private from reporters/researchers. If you are a student of history, of Clinton, or of Congress, this book is a must read. Personally, I've read most of the impeachment books, and this is the best. What is most amazing is the insight into the way the events actually unfolded; the public gets to see (often for the first time) how very differently things could have gone if only one person had done something, or said something, differently. For example, had DeLay decided not to wage his "let's impeach" crusade; had several moderate republicans been approached differently, had Clinton (at several points) shown actual contrition, impeachment and/or a trial may have never occurred. Great book!
12 人中、11人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 4.0 Outstanding Journalism, But Lacking Analysis 2000/12/17
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Peter Baker's book, "The Breach" takes you inside the caucuses and meetings of the various parties involved in the impeachment process of President Clinton. It provides tremendous detail through interviews with the major players; one even senses that the participants wanted to get their version of things on the record and were willing to talk with Baker to fix their place in history. The details of the various strategies and counter-strategies used by the two sides are fascinating. The dilemma in which Trent Lott and Tom Daschle found themselves is particularly interesting and one can almost feel their sense of relief when the process finally ended. Baker has dug deeply to provide us with this information and he is to be congratulated for his attempt to be neutral on so controversial a subject. The evenhandedness of his reporting is evident throughout the book.
There are weaknesses to the book, however, and these begin with no first-hand accounts from Bill and Hillary Clinton. Secondly, Baker relies exclusively on first-hand accounts which, in effect, means taking politicians at their word. The work is, thus, skewed toward depicting the House members as totally moral, and conscientious individuals doing their best for their country with no partisan motives. Much of the bitterness and pure partisanship of the times is absent. Because Baker simply reports these conversations, with little or no analysis as to the motives of the players or interpretation of the events, he lets these politicians stake out the moral high ground and the political dynamics of the process are completely lost. Because of this, one comes away not understanding why Bill Clinton remained a very popular president throughout the event.
In sum, this is a book that should be read and there is much to be learned here about this sorry episode, but a complete evaluation of the process and the political dynamics will obviously wait til later.
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