By Daniel Halper
, 352 pages
richly reported debut book, Daniel Halper
portrays the once and possibly future First Family not as a dynasty but as a wildly successful family business.
Like any other conglomerate, Halper
writes, "Clinton, Inc.
embarks on a variety of potentially profitable endeavors," adjusting strategies and cutting losses as it "fends off rival brands.
All the while it balances the ambitions of its co-CEOs, Bill and Hillary-with Chelsea readying her
Ever hungry to boost the political and monetary coffers of the empire, Halper
describes the Clintons as "coldhearted" and "capitalistic," their endless participation in politics "just business and one they happen to be very good at."
According to Halper, online editor of the Weekly Standard, it took roughly a decade for the Clintons to restore their market value to its proper place following the conclusion of Bill's second term.
These and other late-breaking scandals, Halper
says, "clouded [Bill's] legacy," causing his
favorability to drop to 39 percent in the month after he
recruits a vivid cast of grudgingly admiring adversaries and tattling Clintonistas to tell this tale.
even suggests that President Obama, desperate for Bill's charisma on the 2012 campaign trail, struck a quid-pro-quo with Clinton, Inc.
reelection, Obama staged a rare joint appearance with Hillary on 60 Minutes to call her
"one of the finest secretary of states we've had.
Top adviser David Plouffe then declared her
"probably the strongest candidate" for 2016.
The book's interviews reveal a privately kind and gentle Hillary and "much less likable" Bill sometimes operating in unison, at other times "two rival business partners disagree[ing] on the best way to move their enterprise forward.
Court jesters jockey while scandalous rumors swirl, all at best jostling the Clinton machine.
None of it truly mattered.
According to Halper
, by the time the Clintons swore in Bill De Blasio as the new mayor of New York
, they had "successfully graduated from rehab.
Clinton, Inc. by Daniel Halper