The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr

The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr

by Ken Gormley


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Ten years after one of the most polarizing political scandals in American history, author Ken Gormley offers an insightful, balanced, and revealing analysis of the events leading up to the impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton. From Ken Starr’s initial Whitewater investigation through the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit, to the Monica Lewinsky affair and Brett Kavanaugh's role in the subsequent inquiry, The Death of American Virtue is a gripping chronicle of an ever-escalating political feeding frenzy.

In exclusive interviews, Bill Clinton, Ken Starr, Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Susan McDougal, and many more key players offer candid reflections on that period. Drawing on never-before-released records and documents—including the Justice Department’s internal investigation into Starr, new details concerning the death of Vince Foster, and evidence from lawyers on both sides—Gormley sheds new light on a dark and divisive chapter, the aftereffects of which are still being felt in today’s political climate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307409454
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 1,066,905
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Ken Gormley is a law professor at Duquesne University, specializing in constitutional law, as well as a nationally renowned expert on Watergate and special prosecutors. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation.

Table of Contents

Prelude: Collision in the Capitol

Chapter 1 The Impeachment Vote 3

Chapter 2 Bill Clinton and Ken Starr 15

Part 1 Arkansas Mischief

Chapter 3 Breathtaking "Whitewater" 33

Chapter 4 McDougal Paints the Town 44

Chapter 5 Seeds of Scandal 57

Chapter 6 Death Song in the West Wing 66

Chapter 7 Conspiracy Theories 81

Chapter 8 The Special Prosecutor 91

Chapter 9 David Hale Visits Justice Jim 99

Part 2 Pursuing the President

Chapter 10 Paula Corbin Jones 115

Chapter 11 Danny Traylor: "Can We Settle for Five Thousand Dollars?" 128

Chapter 12 Three Judges in Black 143

Chapter 13 Ken Starr: Special Prosecutor 155

Chapter 14 Paula Jones on Film 170

Chapter 15 Arkansas Felons 184

Chapter 16 The "Cooperating Witness" 202

Chapter 17 Paula Jones Goes to Washington 219

Part 3 The Monica Thread

Chapter 18 Monica S.Lewinsky 231

Chapter 19 Inside a Texas Prison 242

Chapter 20 The Settlement That Never Happened 252

Chapter 21 Trapped Outside the White House 262

Chapter 22 The Hundred-Page Referral 270

Chapter 23 An Unexpected Caller 278

Chapter 24 A Cubicle in the Pentagon 295

Chapter 25 Pinning the Tail on Clinton 314

Chapter 26 Panic in the Justice Department 324

Chapter 27 Vanity to Prayer 339

Chapter 28 "The Brace" 348

Chapter 29 The Avuncular Mr. Ginsburg 362

Chapter 30 Clinton Takes an Oath 376

Chapter 31 Scandal in Washington 392

Part 4 The Grand Confessional

Chapter 32 A Presidency in Peril 411

Chapter 33 "Of Trust and Confidence" 420

Chapter 34 One Nation Divided 431

Chapter 35 The Vilification of Ken Starr 440

Chapter 36 A Mother's Collapse 452

Chapter 37 Last Night in Solitary Confinement 459

Chapter 38 The Indictment of Hillary Clinton 470

Chapter 39 Out-Gunning the Secret Service 484

Chapter 40 Ginsburg's Final Photo Shoot 494

Chapter 41 Monica's Truth 505

Chapter 42 The Drudge Revolution 527

Chapter 43 A Walk in the Woods 532

Chapter 44 Maximum Peril 552

Part 5 High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Chapter 45 Bombshell Report 565

Chapter 46 Starr Witness 582

Chapter 47 "Men of the Year" 600

Chapter 48 Thirteen Angry Managers 614

Chapter 49 A Scottish Vote 629

Chapter 50 Clinton's Contempt 646

Epilogue: White House Exodus

Chapter 51 "Who Will Blink?" 655

Chapter 52 Aftermath 671

Notes 691

Bibliographical Sources 762

Acknowledgments 770

Index 775

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