June, Hillary Clinton released a new book that served as
the unofficial kickoff to a presidential campaign set to
hit the homestretch in the summer of 2016. But for the
moment she’s enduring what Politico called "the
summer of the anti-Clinton books," and what a
left-leaning website called "The Summer of
may be no clearer sign of Hillary Clinton’s political
reemergence than the flurry of new books critical of her
— two in the past month alone, with another pair
coming soon," Politico reports. The books mark the
resurrection of a genre that had gone dormant in the
years since President Bill Clinton survived impeachment
and left the White House in 2001.
Feud," by Edward Klein, debuted at No. 1 on the New
York Times bestseller list on July 13, displacing
Hillary Clinton’s "Hard Choices." Klein’s
book is said to detail the feud between the Obama and
Clinton families and has received mixed reviews. Even
Rush Limbaugh said the dialogue seemed stilted, and
Buzzfeed amused its readers with a list of "the 9
Most Inane Passages" from the book, which include
an alleged physical altercation between Barack and
Feud is the funniest book of 2014. Maybe ever,"
Katherine Miller wrote for BuzzFeed. "On nearly
every page, you’ll feel like yelling ‘BLOOD FEUD!’
over a guitar solo (think ‘Panama’ by Van Halen)
while an eagle flies out of an explosion."
don’t buy books the way other people do," David
Brock, the founder of progressive watchdog group Media
Matters, told Politico in an interview. "I think
they buy them as political statements or to see their
own prejudices and fantasies in black and white …
[Hillary Clinton] called it a cottage industry on ‘The
Daily Show’ and that’s right, it’s a
Matters published a detailed retort last week to three
of what it called "The Summer of Nonsense"
books: "Blood Feud," Daniel Halper’s
"Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a
Political Machine," and Ronald Kessler’s
"The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents
Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents."
many other allegations and negative characterizations,
Halper’s "Clinton Inc." suggests that
Hillary Clinton has a drinking problem. And Halper
claims drinking may have been behind her 2012 illness.
In response, Media Matters writes: "Halper
baselessly posits that Clinton may have hit her head
after falling down drunk. Invoking a ‘rumor’ from
‘bloggers and websites’ that Clinton drinks heavily,
Halper points to ‘one well-known Clinton hater’ for
the claim the injury was the result of drinking—citing
book has sold a mere 3,500 copies, according to
response to the books, spokespersons for Hillary, Bill
and Chelsea Clinton issued a joint statement: "With
Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of
despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense for a quick
buck, at the expense of anything even remotely
resembling the truth."
fourth anti-Clinton book, by conservative talk show host
Aaron Klein, is set for release next month: "The
Real Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary
Don’t Want You to Know."
is the author of several books attacking President Obama,
including "The Manchurian President" and
"Impeachable Offenses." His website refers to
his latest work as "a ground-breaking investigative
work that finally exposes some of the most significant
issues related to the murderous Sept. 11, 2012,
attack" in Libya.