Item description for The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals by William J. Bennett...
Overview Explains why Americans should not excuse the President's improper behavior and the undermining of the moral leadership of his office
Publishers Description In this new, updated edition of a book heralded as a clarion call to the nation's conscience, William Bennett asks why we see so little public outrage in the fade of the evidence of deep corruption within Bill Clinton's administration. "The Death of Outrage" examines the Monica Lewinsky scandal as it unfolded, from Clinton's denials that he had had sex with a young White House intern, to his testimony before the grand jury, to the nation's decision not to remove Clinton from office. Brick by brick, Bennett dismantles the wall of defenses offered by Clinton and his apologists, and casts the clear light of moral reason and common sense on a shameful chapter in American history.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals by William J. Bennett has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 988
Ingram Advance - 10/01/1999 page 24
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Dr. William J. Bennettis one of America s most important, influential, and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. A Brooklyn native, Bill Bennett studied philosophy at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Texas (Ph.D.) and earned a law degree from Harvard. Host of the top-ten nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett s Morning in America, he is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute. Former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1981-1985), and Secretary of Education (1985-1988), and first Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (1989-1990), Bennett is a regular contributor to CNN and has contributed to America s leading newspapers, magazines, and television shows. He is the author and editor of eighteen books, two of whichThe Book of Virtues and The Children s Book of Virtuesrank among the most successful of the past decade. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland."
William J. Bennett currently resides in Chevy Chase, in the state of Maryland. William J. Bennett was born in 1943.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals?
Worth Reading Mar 24, 2007
I originally read this book several years ago but thought it was worth reading again in view of the lying and moral assault that is going on today.
It's not bad. Bennett makes some good points if you apply them to the ideal and not the person. I loaned it to my mom who is a die-hard democrat. She thought it was comedy. There's just no accounting for some people.
This book is a little out of date, but I still enjoyed it!! Jan 15, 2005
Bennett supports his arguments with a wealth of facts as opposed to many on both sides of the political spectrum who are basically into name calling. While I agree that many who thought Clinton's sexual escapades were a disgrace to the office of president, they were forgivable. The perjury, subborning of perjury, and obstruction of justice should have caused his removal from office. It appears to me that the only difference between Clinton and Nixon was that the Republican congressional leadership had enough gumption to call Nixon's hand where the Democrats didn't and the opponents didn't have the power to go it alone. And now it seems that many on the left are hoping for Hillary, thinking this is a way to get Bill another eight years. Way to go, Bennett, in spite of your also having human frailties. At least you can make a point and support it without sinking to filthy language like some of the reviewers of this book.
Buy it used for $0.01? It is a waste of your money. Jun 23, 2004
In this era of narrowmindedness and conservative and reactionary clap-trap, this serves as a sterling example that if you fill a book with enough vitriol, someone will buy it. I long for a day when the two nations of the United States (The "right" wing and everybody else) will be healed. Perhaps this is just a resurfacing of an even older wound, namely the Civil War. The Republicans of the South (and elsewhere) continually defending the Confederate battle flag (note: it was only a battle flag, not the CSA national flag) and by proxy segregation and slavery. It is with bitter irony that a Republican freed the slaves, since now they are the party of the elite.
This book is like all the other Clinton bashing books, high on venom, low on truth. If you like that kind of book...well you can buy one for a penny used. For everyone else, save your penny; God knows you will have to save more than that to survive this Bush economy!
A timeless account of events long past... Jun 7, 2004
I read this short book recently, even though the events on which the book focuses are long past. I still do not know what made me pick the tiny thing up, but I am glad that I did.
Bennet's college major of philosophy is easily recognized here as he discusses the events and arguments which occurred in the midst of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. Each chapter is organized into a group of claims and arguments made in defense of Bill Clinton, followed by a clear, concise examination of those arguments with refuting points, except in the rare case where Bennet agrees with the defense. (I believe this only occurs once.) Again, the reader should appreciate Bennet's grasp on philosophy, both in his ability to clearly mold an argument as well as his convincing ideas on ethics.
The thing about this book that is best, though, is that Bennet frequently writes in general terms, offerring insights into what makes a respectable, effective, and moral leader as opposed to what does not - the latter often displayed through Bill Clinton's actions and words. The people who I believe should read this most are those who are inclined to make the very arguments with which Bennet begins each chapter.
I was disheartned by Clinton before, but my distaste turned to disgust after reading this. More so, however, I became upset with my own lack of outrage. This is a truly timeless examination of the importance of quality and morality for leaders of all time.
Holy Dice Rolling May 8, 2004
The only thing Im outraged about is the sheer hypocrisy of Bennett. He has written a library full of books preaching to the rest of us about the virtuous life and morality and making millions in the process. Then we find all the while he has been blowing 8 million on the roulette wheels, slots, and dice, while drinking and chasing women. It galls me even more that today he has the guts to host a daily program on some Christian radio network, along with regular appearances on the Fox News Channel. (actually Fox News Channel appearances don't surprise me, he is in good company there). I can't wait for his next book, HOLY (DICE) ROLLING.