Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Annotated Bibliography: Ken Starr and Bill Clinton

This detailed bibliography takes a look at a few of the sources I used when writing a research paper regarding Ken Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton. Associated Content has the rights to this paper and you may find this paper on my profile page.

Primary Sources

Baker, Peter. The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton.
New York, NY: Scribner, 2000.

This book does not focus so much on the events leading up to the Monica Lewinsky ordeal, but it focuses more on the events that occurred after this ordeal became public such as the impeachment and trial of President Clinton. It is an account of the events that occurred from 17 August 1998 to 12 February 1999. The former date was the day of Clinton’s grand jury testimony and the latter date was when he was acquitted by the Senate. Concerning my research this book is a great source that helps me get a less biased opinion of the proceedings that took place between Clinton and Starr concerning the impeachment trial of President Clinton. It should be considered a primary source based on the three-hundred and fifty original interviews, diaries, confidential investigation files, and tape recordings that Baker used to write the book.

Clinton, Bill. My Life. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

This book is the life story of Bill Clinton. It talks about him growing up and the events that shaped his life. It dives very deeply into his political career and gives detailed information about his presidential administration. This book is very important to my research. To paint a complete picture and support my thesis I need to know how Clinton feels about Starr and his investigation. This book points out how Starr’s investigation was practiced unfairly at times and this gives me a first hand look into this. This is a primary source because it is written by the man who is one of the most important players in Starr’s investigation.

Conason, Joe, and Gene Lyons. The Hunting of the President: The Ten Year Campaign to
Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books, 2000.

This book is exactly what the title says it is. It looks at the movements of so many forces that came together to try and bring down the Clinton presidency and the Clinton family as a whole. It identifies the real bad guys and the tactics that were used by them in their efforts to destroy Bill Clinton. It shows how these people were able to mount such an attack and also explores the mainstream news organizations that helped them. This is a vital book to my research because it takes a critical look at the techniques of the Starr investigation. By reading this book I am able to examine to unfair methods that were sometimes employed by the Starr investigation. This book should be considered a primary source based on the extensive amount of interviews that were used to write it.

Schmidt, Susan, and Michael Weisskopf. Truth At Any Cost. New York, NY: HarperCollins
Publishers, 2000.

This book is an examination of the Ken Starr investigation of Bill Clinton concerning the Monica Lewinsky affair. It paints a complete picture by telling the story of how Ken Starr came to investigate Clinton and Lewinsky. It is a very detailed description from almost every angle of the investigation. This book is an important part of my research because it takes a critical look at the actions of the Clinton administration. As you read the book it becomes very clear how the authors feel about the situation. They have very little if anything to say that is negative about Starr and the way he conducted his investigation. This should be considered a primary source because it was written using the interviews of one-hundred and fifty people. Almost every event that is described in the book has been confirmed by more than one source.

Starr, Kenneth W. “My Job: What Bill Clinton Left Out of His Memoir.” Opinion Journal, 8
July 2004. (accessed 10 February

This is an article where Ken Starr examines the book My Life that was written by Bill Clinton. His purpose is to refute certain facts that are laid out by Bill Clinton in his memoir. He goes on record to talk about things Clinton said that he does not believe are true. This is important to my research because it allows me to hear Starr talk about what Clinton said about the investigation. I get to hear Starr speak first hand about the investigation. It is a primary source because it is a written article by one of the key players who will be investigated in my paper.

The Office of the Independent Counsel. The Starr Report: The Evidence. New York, NY:
Pocket Books, 1998.

This book includes a majority of the evidence that was collected by the Office of the Independent Counsel during the investigation of Clinton concerning his affair with Monica Lewinsky. It includes a full text version of Clinton’s videotaped grand jury testimony. It also has testimony and interview statements from Monica Lewinsky. This book is important to my research because it is one of the main primary sources that I can use to research my thesis. It provides a first hand glimpse into the investigation from the actual people who worked on it. It is a primary source because of the numerous interviews that are included within the text. Also included within it are photographs that are vital to the investigation. It includes other information such as emails and handwritten notes that would be considered primary sources.

Secondary Sources

“A Chronology: Key Moments in the Clinton-Lewinsky Saga.” CNN. (accessed 11 February 2006).

This source simply provides a timeline for the significant events that occurred during the Clinton and Lewinsky ordeal. Key events are highlighted from June 1995 to 24 September 1998. This is an important source for my research because of the timeline that it provides. This source will help me properly structure my paper so that each event I discuss is conveyed in accurate chronological order. It also provides links to many other great articles that will be helpful in proving my thesis.

Anderson, Christopher. Bill and Hillary: The Marriage. New York, NY: William Morrow
and Company, Inc., 1999.

This book is an examination of the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton. In the book, Anderson attempts to relay the true nature of their relationship. This book really seems to be an excuse to praise Hillary for staying with such a man as Bill Clinton. This book is important to my research for many reasons. It talks about the impact of Starr’s investigation into the life of Bill Clinton and how it affected the marriage. It gives a view of how Bill and Hillary approached Starr and his investigation.

Bennett, William J. The Death of Outrage: Bill Clinton and the Assault on American Ideals.
New York, NY: The Free Press, 1998.

This book explores the Clinton scandals and the subsequent social and political damage that has been caused by them. It explains how the arguments used by supporters of the president are deemed inadequate when viewed with common sense and moral reason. The main argument that the book examines is how Clinton’s advisers have built up a wall around Clinton’s scandals and Bennett is attempting to bring the wall down. This book is valuable to my research because it examines how the Clinton administration did not always play fairly when considering their actions toward Ken Starr and his investigative team. It takes a special look at some of the president’s intimidation tactics that were used during the investigation.

Dershowitz, Alan M. Sexual McCarthyism: Clinton, Starr, and the Emerging Constitutional
Crisis. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1998.

This book takes a critical look at the actions of Bill Clinton and Ken Starr concerning the Whitewater investigation, the Paula Jones lawsuit, and the Monica Lewinsky ordeal. It also addresses other issues such as the need for an Independent Counsel in such affairs. Along these same lines it looks into the system that is used to select members to the Independent Counsel. The book concludes by taking a look at the how Bill Clinton and Ken Starr have driven our nation into a Constitutional crisis. This book is great for my research because it is written in a way where my thesis could almost be used for the thesis of this book. It does not take a slanted angle on the Clinton and Starr ordeal. It views both men critically in an effort to show that they both made mistakes that eventually prolonged what could have been an avoidable crisis.

Hitchens, Christopher. No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton.
New York, NY: Verso, 1999.

This book makes it clear from the beginning that it has no hidden agenda. Hitchen’s goes after the president for the way in which he used New Deal liberalism to his advantage. In so doing he completely destroyed this aspect of the Democratic Party. Like so many other books I have listed this book will aide in my research because it examines the unfair practices used by the Clinton administration to thwart the efforts of the Independent Counsel. It explores how Clinton’s escapades to try and attain his innocence were an abuse of power. This type of information helps me to prove my thesis.

Klein, Joe. The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton. New York, NY:
Doubleday, 2002.

This book takes a look at the many influential events of the Clinton presidency. It gives as unbiased opinion as one can find concerning Clinton administrations effect on the economy, military, and the country as whole. It does not dive very deeply into Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky but it does talk about it. This book will help in my research because it gets away from the gossip and emotional instability that plagued the Clinton administration and delivers a rational view of Clinton’s eight years as president. It addresses some of the things that Clinton did right during the Starr investigation and some of the things he did wrong.

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