In A Vast Conspiracy, the best-selling author of The Run of His Life casts an insightful, unbiased eye over the most extraordinary public saga of our time — the Clinton sex scandals. A superlative journalist known for the skillfulness of his investigating and the power of his writing, Jeffrey Toobin tells the unlikely story of the events that began over doughnuts in a Little Rock hotel and ended on the floor of the United States Senate, with only the second vote on Presidential removal in American history. This is an entirely fresh look at the scandal that very nearly brought down a president.
Packed with news-making disclosures and secret documents published here for the first time, Toobin unravels the three strands of a national scandal – those leading from Paula Jones, Kenneth Starr, and Monica Lewinsky – that created a legal, personal, and political disaster for Bill Clinton. A Vast Conspiracy is written with the narrative drive of a sensational (if improbable) legal thriller, and Toobin brilliantly explores the high principle and low comedy that were the hallmarks of the story. From Tripp to Goldberg, Isikoff to Hyde, the complex and tangled motivations behind the scandal are laid bare.
While misguided, outlandish behavior was played out at the very highest level, Toobin analyzes the facts and the key figures with a level of dignity and insight that this story has not yet received. The Clinton scandals will shape forever how we think about the signature issues of our day — sex and sexual harassment, privacy and perjury, civil rights, and, yes, cigars. Toobin’s book will shape forever how we think about the Clinton scandals.
Jeffrey Toobin is the bestselling author of The Oath, The Nine, Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy, and The Run of His Life, which was made into the critically acclaimed FX series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. He is a staff writer… More about Jeffrey Toobin
Praise for Jeffrey Toobin’s national bestseller The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson
"His prose is fluent, direct and supple, his assessments pithy and succinct. . . . He uses his legal expertise to assess defense and prosecution strategies, highlight crucial developments and sketch in the background of principle players in such a way that the stories create a mosaic of life." –The New York Times
"An irresistibly readable new overview of the whole ugly case." —New York Daily News
"A well-written, profoundly rational analysis . . . Toobin’s book possesses fresh insights." —USA Today
"Toobin’s book is literate, well-researched, penetrating and evenhanded, laying blame where it belongs, offering a reasonable perspective on this shabby case." —Detroit Free Press
"A gripping and colorful account of the crime and trial that captured the world’s attention." —The Boston Globe
"What makes the book both important and entertaining is the way [Toobin] fills in the gaps left by more partisan authors." —San Francisco Chronicle
"A real page-turner . . . blunt, sardonic, often morbidly funny." —Entertainment Weekly