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A Washington Tragedy: How the Death of Vincent Foster Ignited a Political Firestorm [Hardcover]

By Dan E. Moldea (Author)
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Using newly uncovered information and exclusive sources, award-winning crime reporter Dan Moldea offers the first non-partisan examination of former White House Counsel Vince Foster's controversial and mysterious death. In "A Washington Tragedy", Moldea offers a true crime drama in the most dramatic setting of all--the nation's capital. of photos.

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Uses newly uncovered information to investigate the death of Vince Foster.

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Studio: Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Pages   463
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1998
Publisher   Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN  0895263823  
ISBN13  9780895263827  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dan E. Moldea has specialized in organized-crime investigations since 1974. He has written numerous books and lives in Washington, D.C.

Dan E. Moldea was born in 1950.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( C ) > Clinton, Bill
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief > Suicide
4Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Crime & Criminals > Criminology
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Government > Federal Government
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General
8Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics
9Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > True Stories > Murder & Mayhem
10Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > True Stories > True Crime

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Dan Moldea is a great investigative reporter  Oct 21, 2004
Dan Moldea is one of America's best investigative reporters. Afer you finish this book, pick up "Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA and the Mob," where Moldea explores the dark side of conservative America's favorite president. It's an eye-opener.
Just Okay  Jul 19, 2003
I had a reason for wanting to read this book. Every time the name of Vince Foster is mentioned in the media, there continues to be a shroud of mystery surrounding him. The last time I heard someone mention Foster's name, it was Lucianne Goldberg who was commenting on Hillary Clinton's LIVING HISTORY. Lucianne was observing that there are so many events and issues to which Mrs. Clinton could have addressed herself but Mrs. Clinton never even mentioned most of them. And then Lucianne wondered if we all wouldn't like to know what happened to Vince Foster. What makes it interesting for Lucianne to ask that question is that Lucianne was or still is close to Linda Tripp. Linda Tripp was one of the last people to see Vince Foster alive. She gave testimony on what she observed about him as he left the White House for the last time. So, if Lucianne is wondering what really happened to Vince Foster, does that mean that Linda Tripp is not satisfied with the result of several investigations including that of the DOJ's Special Prosecutor? I decided it was time to find out more about Vince Foster, and Dan E Moldea was my source of choice. What I didn't want was a book written by someone who was up to the eyeballs in conspiracy theory. I wanted to know the facts insofar as anyone apart from Vince Foster himself could provide them. Moldea's book was purported to be a factual assessment of the event. Whoever it was who did this purporting was correct for most of the book's 388 pages. And then with one final sentence Moldea made me want to hurl his book at the pre-selected spot on the wall I reserve for books that infuriate me.

For anyone who has a curiosity about why the death of Vince Foster created so much controversy, this is a straightforward account of the step-by-step investigation of his suicide. In my opinion, Moldea's research on the various investigations as well as the people who conducted them, along with his attention to detail, provide a great deal of support for the conclusions reached by the Special Prosector. Moldea depended upon the public record for the information he collected for his book, and to the extent that my interest was in just knowing the facts, this account provides them in as much entirety as an author can provide. For anyone wanting a more detailed account complete with personal interviews of what Vince Foster was really all about, this is not the book from which to draw that kind of information. Actually Moldea is rather short on details about some matters that should have been better explained. It was interesting to me that while Moldea provided a more than adequate explanation for the Whitewater mess, he backed off on a more thorough accounting of the Travelgate matter. Since Vince Foster was up to his eyeballs in Travelgate, it seemed to me that should have been the focus of more detail. Especially when Travelgate was cited as a possible cause for Foster's mental state.

For 388 pages Moldea makes a case for the facts and what conclusions may logically be drawn from them. And then with one final sentence, Moldea decides what did and did not contribute to Foster's decision to kill himself. He just spent an entire book taking apart the conspiracy theories and the bits and pieces of the case upon which those theories depend. And then with one final sentence he blows his whole case right out of the water by passing judgement on something it is in no one's power to know but Vince Foster's. And Foster isn't talking.

For me, A WASHINGTON TRAGEDY is proof of the fact that a situation cannot be understood merely by researching public records and reading details of reports and investigations. While it's true that I didn't want an account of Foster's death that was riddled with gossip and inuendo, overall Moldea's book raises more questions than it answers. However, this book is also titled "How The Death Of Vince Foster Ignited A Political Firestorm". The "how" is more than adequately addressed. It's too bad Moldea violated his own chosen format to muck it up with that one last sentence.

A fair, balanced and sane look at the Foster suicide  Aug 29, 2002
Don't let his detractors on labor's loony left or the hard right fool you. Dan Moldea calls them as he sees them -- and his years of investigative and journalistic experience propel "A Washington Tragedy" at the top of the pile of books about the high-profile suicide of Vincent Foster. Moldea's critical eye, rigorous thinking and fair, balanced analysis of the facts make this book the essential read for anyone seeking the truth surrounding the most tragic sideshow stemming from the Whitewater business scandal.
The definitive book on the tragedy of Vince Foster  Oct 19, 1998
Dan Moldea does an outstanding job of presenting the entire record of the Vince Foster tragedy in context. Unanswered questions posed by the conspiracists are answered, with significant referencing to the forensic record.

But this book does much more. It reviews the various articles written by Scaife funded activists, like Chris Ruddy and Reed Irvine, and demonstrates how the conspiracists twist the story to suit their agenda. This book is a must read to anyone studying the vast right wing conspiracy.

More establishment spin by a Clinton supporter.  Sep 5, 1998
There are such strange circumstances around the death of Foster that no unprejudiced person who has done serious research can conclude it was suicide. But Moldea does. Draw your own conclusion.

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