A quarter of a century ago Woodward and Bernstein’s All the Presidents Men shocked the nation by exposing Nixon’s presidency that was in turmoil. Newsweek reporter Michael Isikoff’s Uncovering Clinton is equally shocking. The behind-the-scenes account of the scandals that shook the Clinton presidency was also equally explosive. Michael Isikoff by revealing the stories of Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Monica Lewinsky brought into public view Bill Clinton’s personal and political life. This shocked the world. Isikoff in this book has chronicled Clintons conduct throughout his presidency from Little Rock, Arkansas, to the Oval Office.
In Uncovering Clinton, Isikoff describes all the behind-the-scenes machinations at the White House, at the Kenneth Starr Office, and at Newsweek during the entire affair. He talks about his dealings with Paula Jones and Katherine Willey and most importantly his contact with Linda Tripp who turned out to be the prime mover behind the expose.
Uncovering Clinton is a gripping narrative with some entertaining and rather peculiar characters. He has managed to give a thoroughly fair account of the major events as also of the major characters that were a part of the Clinton scandals. On all accounts it is the most authoritative account of the biggest political scandal since Watergate. Being a reporter for the Washington Post and Newsweek, Michael Isikoff could astutely observe the Clinton presidency. He was one of the first reporters to question the president’s behavior.
The book makes for some interesting reading as the author book provides us with not only his investigation of scandals such as Bill Clinton’s personal misdemeanors, financial dealings connected to the Whitewater real estate development as well as the motivation that was behind the attempt to reorganize the White House travel office