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Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation (Hardcover)
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Twenty years after the Starr Report and the Clinton impeachment, former special prosecutor Ken Starr finally shares his definitive account of one of the most divisive periods in American history.
You could fill a library with books about the scandals of the Clinton administration, which eventually led to President Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives. Bill and Hillary Clinton have told their version of events, as have various journalists and participants. Whenever liberals recall those years, they usually depict independent counsel Ken Starr as an out-of-control, politically driven prosecutor.
But as a New York Times columnist asked in 2017, "What if Ken Starr was right?" What if the popular media in the 1990s completely misunderstood Starr's motives, his tactics, and his ultimate goal: to ensure that no one, especially not the president of the United States, is above the law?
Starr -- the man at the eye of the hurricane -- has kept his unique perspective to himself for two full decades. In this long-awaited memoir, he finally sheds light on everything he couldn't tell us during the Clinton years, even in his carefully detailed "Starr Report" of September 1998.
Contempt puts you, the reader, into the shoes of Starr and his team as they tackle the many scandals of that era, from Whitewater to Vince Foster's death to Travelgate to Monica Lewinsky. Starr explains in vivid detail how all those scandals shared a common thread: the Clintons' contempt for our system of justice.
This book proves that Bill and Hillary Clinton weren't victims of a so-called "vast right-wing conspiracy." They played fast and loose with the law and abused their powers and privileges.
Today, from #MeToo to Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election, the office of the American presidency is in crisis—and Starr's insights are more relevant now than ever.
About the Author
Ken Starr served as independent counsel, investigating the Clinton administration, from 1994 to 1999. His distinguished legal career also includes service as solicitor general of the United States under President George H. W. Bush, as a federal court of appeals judge nominated by President Reagan, and as a law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. He served as president of Baylor University from 2010 to 2016 and as dean of Pepperdine School of Law from 2004 to 2010.
“A firecracker of a book that tells the ultimate inside story.... Candid, illuminating, and authoritative.” – Rich Lowry, editor of National Review
“If you think you know the story, you don’t – until you read this gripping account of what happened behind the scenes.” – Tim O’Brien, ABC News
"Twenty years after the political tumult that made him one of the most polarizing figures in the nation, it is possible to see Ken Starr as a brilliant lawyer and reasonable man." – Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury
One of “The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018” – Publishers Weekly