Defending the American presidency : Clinton and the Lewinsky scandal /
Robert Busby.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
viii, 255 p.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert Busby is a Lecturer in American Studies at Liverpool Hope University College.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
Busby (Liverpool Hope University College, UK) provides a straightforward account of President Bill Clinton's scandal involving Monica Lewinsky. He simply takes readers through the events. Hence, he has chapters on prior sexual allegations made against the president, the Lewinsky affair itself, the damage control efforts of the president and the White House, the Starr investigation, the president's impeachment and trial, media coverage, and public opinion about the scandal. Busby's book is as important for what it is not as for what it offers. First, the book is neither a polemic against the president or his accusers. This lack of confrontation and sensationalism is in refreshing contrast with much contemporary writing about these events. Instead, the author provides an evenhanded, dispassionate account of what happened and leaves readers the task of judging the behavior of the participants. Throughout, Busby supports his narrative with helpful tables. However, the tables present information and data collected from other sources and not calculated for this book. The work provides no new empirical information about the scandal. Strengths include Busby's ability to place the scandal within the context of the American presidency and contemporary events. In addition, the author often deftly contrasts mass and political elite views of the scandal. Strongly recommended for general readers and undergraduates. R. E. Dewhirst Northwest Missouri State University
Review Quotes evenhanded, dispassionate account of what happended and leaves readers the task of judging...strongly recommended... Choice
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The Monica Lewinsky scandal challenged President Clinton's political credibility. Robert Busby identifies and analyzes the damage limitation strategies adopted by the Clinton administration to contend with the Lewinsky scandal, and explains how and why Clinton survived the most serious Constitutional crisis since Watergate.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Exhibitsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Clinton Scandal Epidemicp. 15
The Lewinsky Affairp. 46
Protecting the President: Damage Limitation and the Lewinsky Scandalp. 70
The Starr Investigationp. 117
Impeachment and Trialp. 137
The Media: Intrigue and Revulsionp. 170
Public Opinion: Reluctant Observersp. 187
Conclusionp. 215
Notesp. 224
Indexp. 248
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