The Climb to Power: The Unauthorized Biography of Bill and Hillary Clinton
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 This book-length supermarket tabloid version of the lives of Bill and Hillary Clinton is a vicious hatchet job of the first order. It's difficult for an author to maintain indignant rage over 500 pages. But Carpozi, a former editor of the New York Post, is in a state of high dudgeon throughout this sneering, name-calling, disorganized ``biography'' of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Carpozi claims he ``has made every effort to produce a volume that is both scholarly and refreshingly frank.'' He may be frank, but Carpozi utterly flunks the scholarly test. He neglects to include footnotes. He uses large amounts of material from unidentified sources. He makes wide use of the attack-dog, right-wing American Spectator and the decidedly nonscholarly supermarket tabloid Star. Carpozi peppers his attack on the Clintons with italics and exclamation points. He sees the Clintons' lives as a long string of evil misdeeds. These include the president's draft evading, the couple's real estate deals in Arkansas, and--most prominently--the president's alleged sexual affairs, which are presented in long, lurid detail. That includes eight pages of transcripts of purported phone conversations between Bill Clinton and Gennifer Flowers (which she claims to have taped) with the subhead ``Bill Asks Gennifer to Lie--Again.'' Carpozi also writes in detail about Clinton's mother Virginia Kelley's alleged criminal nursing negligence, about his brother Roger's drug use, and about Clinton's role in a mysterious ``world secret power structure.'' To top it off, he sheds crocodile tears over what he sees as the suspicious deaths of 18 people ``ranging across the landscape throughout [the Clintons'] years as Arkansas's first couple and into the first 18 months of the co-presidency.'' This one is for the haters--those who hate Clinton, and those who hate journalism. (40 photos)

Pub Date: March 20th, 1995
ISBN: 0-9640479-0-X
Page count: 544pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1995