Contempt
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.With the perspective we've all gained over the past two decades, Starr's story and insights are more relevant than ever.

Contempt Details

TitleContempt
Author
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherSentinel
ISBN-139780525536130
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Politics, History, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Biography Memoir

Contempt Review

  • Ken Oder
    January 1, 1970
    This is an easy quick read. It provides a coherent explanation of the issues and process of the investigation and offers up interesting new information known only to the investigators up to this point. I read this because I met young Ken Starr when he clerked for Chief Justice Burger and liked him very much. He seemed then to be extremely intelligent, kind, and empathetic. The press caricature of him during the Lewinsky scandal never rang true to me. The man I met shows through in this book. I d This is an easy quick read. It provides a coherent explanation of the issues and process of the investigation and offers up interesting new information known only to the investigators up to this point. I read this because I met young Ken Starr when he clerked for Chief Justice Burger and liked him very much. He seemed then to be extremely intelligent, kind, and empathetic. The press caricature of him during the Lewinsky scandal never rang true to me. The man I met shows through in this book. I don't think he was suited to take on the independent counsel role in Washington, however. His tendency to see the good in most everyone and to expect to be treated as he would treat others made him a seal swimming with sharks. He puts a bright a face on his role as independent counsel, but I think taking it on ruined his reputation and crashed the arc of his professional career, and that's a shame. He is a great talent who might otherwise have been appointed to the Supreme Court and served honorably and well.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    "But the now-fading Clinton years were starkly different, culturally and politically, in terms of respecting the rights of all persons, especially those subject to the exploitative hands of the powerful. Both as governor and as President, Clinton could malign his jettisoned paramours and victims with little if any consequence. In those days, oddly, no one seemed to care about the exploitative power arrangement. That was just Saturday Night Bill from Hot Springs, Arkansas.Those days thankfully ar "But the now-fading Clinton years were starkly different, culturally and politically, in terms of respecting the rights of all persons, especially those subject to the exploitative hands of the powerful. Both as governor and as President, Clinton could malign his jettisoned paramours and victims with little if any consequence. In those days, oddly, no one seemed to care about the exploitative power arrangement. That was just Saturday Night Bill from Hot Springs, Arkansas.Those days thankfully are gone. And so, it would appear, are the Clintons, Tragically, their legacy, despite their accomplishments, despite their talents, is, above all, contempt: contempt for the rule of law that binds us together as citizens, and contempt for human beings -- especially women -- as inherently worthy of dignity and respect."I would like to think that things had changed but unfortunately, this judicial appointment process has proved this to be a false hope. Judge Kenneth Starr has written a powerful and infinitely readable book and one that should be read to remind you of who the Clintons really are and keep you from romanticizing who you want them to be.
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  • gail ober
    January 1, 1970
    Self-serving autobiography by an Ahab wannabe. While not all that well-written, Starr writes his own version of a lengthy and costly investigation that ultimately lead to Pres. Bill Clinton’s impeachment.However, what Starr makes clear is that Hillary Clinton was his real target. He hated her and makes no attempts to disguise his pre-conceived notions.No spoilers here and not much about Brett Kavanaugh’s contribution to to investigation, but it does provide some insight into rant against the Cli Self-serving autobiography by an Ahab wannabe. While not all that well-written, Starr writes his own version of a lengthy and costly investigation that ultimately lead to Pres. Bill Clinton’s impeachment.However, what Starr makes clear is that Hillary Clinton was his real target. He hated her and makes no attempts to disguise his pre-conceived notions.No spoilers here and not much about Brett Kavanaugh’s contribution to to investigation, but it does provide some insight into rant against the Clintons during his moment in front of the US Senate.The country was not well-served by Starr or any of his cronies.
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  • Margaret Pagnotta
    January 1, 1970
    Good to finally hear the story from the view of the Independent Counsel, after only hearing the parts that were filtered through the press. Eye-opening. Having lived through it, you think you know what went on, but there was much that was suppressed and just outright lied about. It's shameful that he and his family were treated so badly just because he agreed to do a job that no one wanted to do. Curious how in this pursuit he seems to have so much integrity and yet it seems to have left him ent Good to finally hear the story from the view of the Independent Counsel, after only hearing the parts that were filtered through the press. Eye-opening. Having lived through it, you think you know what went on, but there was much that was suppressed and just outright lied about. It's shameful that he and his family were treated so badly just because he agreed to do a job that no one wanted to do. Curious how in this pursuit he seems to have so much integrity and yet it seems to have left him entirely when he got to Baylor.
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  • Marykay
    January 1, 1970
    "Facts are stubborn thing"Compelling account of history which should be read by readers from the Left and Right. In a conversational style, Starr recounts the facts of the investigation. Mesmerizing.
  • Beverly Mozzetti
    January 1, 1970
    Clintons-Rotten to the CoreLike the founding fathers Starr did his best for our country only to be punished by the lowest, most disgusting creeps of our time. Starr can live with what he did.
  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    A methodical and somewhat autobiographical walk through of Starr's point of view of the 1990's and the Clinton investigation. I learned a lot about the ins and outs of a special investigation. I found it useful to compare to today's investigation of Trump via Mueller and Rosenstein.
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  • Rosemary
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Clinton Whitewater and impeachment scandal investigations. Surprised to find out Brett Kavanaugh's involvement as a principal writer of the reports. Others who are part of the story include Lindsay Graham, Eric Holder, Ron Rosenstein,Maxine Waters and Dick DurbinDescribes Bill Clinton's lies, obstruction and immorality.
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  • Bobbie
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent first hand account of the investigation into Clinton's misdeeds
  • George W. Holder
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent review of the Special Investigator work done by Ken Starr. WJC and HRC really do hold the law in "Contempt" !!!!
  • Ross Hodges
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting, enlightening and sobering.
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