How did Bill and Hillary Clinton plot a comeback from the depths
of disgrace to the pinnacle of American politics and the ranks of
the global elite?
Thirteen years ago, Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White
House under a cloud, dogged by sordid sexual scandals, a series of
highly compromising investigations, and last-minute pardons that
won widespread bipartisan condemnation. Even many Democrats were
glad to see them go. Yet within just a few years Bill had secured a
new reputation as a global humanitarian and Democratic Party elder
statesman, and Hillary was running for president. Despite her 2008
loss to Barack Obama, Hillary bounced back to become one of the
most powerful and respected figures in his cabinet. Along the way,
she and Bill have gone from being virtually penniless to
millionaires many times over.
Today the Clintons are among the most popular politicians in
America-respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Their transformation has been so complete that it takes an effort
to recall just how low their fortunes were a decade ago. Hillary is
already the presumptive frontrunner for 2016, while Bill jets
around the world dispensing advice, making deals and collecting
huge fees. Meanwhile, Chelsea Clinton has emerged as a formidable
public figure in her own right.
None of this happened by accident. Behind the Clintons''
remarkable comeback is an untold story of strategic calculation,
backroom deals, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for
wealth and power.
In Clinton, Inc., Weekly Standard reporter
Daniel Halper compiles a wealth of research, exclusive documents,
and candid interviews with former Clinton administration officials,
senators, congressmen, friends, allies, and former enemies of the
Clintons to reveal how they rebuilt their reputations,
reconstructed their political machine, and positioned themselves
for even greater success. Clinton, Inc. describes in
intimate detail how the Bill and Hillary partnership works: they
are, in effect, dual CEOs of a single enterprise, often playing
both sides of the street, sometimes at odds with each other, but
always focused on the ultimate goal of reclaiming political
Halper provides new insights into their deals with Barack Obama
and the inner workings of their surprising friendship with the Bush
family; how the Clintons managed to pacify their once most bitter
enemies; how Bill and Hillary are laying the groundwork for
Hillary''s upcoming presidential campaign; and how Vice President
Biden and other Democrats are trying to maneuver around her. He
reveals the Clintons'' plans for Chelsea''s future and the lengths
to which they will go to protect her carefully cultivated image.
Halper also reveals the secrets of the Clintons'' skillful media
management, the survival of the Clintons'' marriage, as well as the
Clintons'' financial backers and hidden corporate enterprises. The
book also discusses a comprehensive Republican effort to bring
their ambitions to a halt.
Compulsively readable and filled with juicy scoops and inside
information, Clinton, Inc. is the key to understanding
America''s most powerful political couple.