• Contempt

  • A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation
  • Written by: Ken Starr
  • Narrated by: Ken Starr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 2018-09-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Twenty years after the Starr Report and the Clinton impeachment, former special prosecutor Ken Starr finally shares his definitive account of one of the most divisive periods in American history. 

You could fill a library with books about the scandals of the Clinton administration, which eventually led to President Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives. Bill and Hillary Clinton have told their version of events, as have various journalists and participants. Whenever liberals recall those years, they usually depict independent counsel Ken Starr as an out-of-control, politically driven prosecutor. 

But as a New York Times columnist asked in 2017, "What if Ken Starr was right?" What if the popular media in the 1990s completely misunderstood Starr's motives, his tactics, and his ultimate goal: to ensure that no one, especially not the president of the United States, is above the law? 

Starr - the man at the eye of the hurricane - has kept his unique perspective to himself for two full decades. In this long-awaited memoir, he finally sheds light on everything he couldn't tell us during the Clinton years, even in his carefully detailed "Starr Report" of September 1998. 

Contempt puts you, the listener, into the shoes of Starr and his team as they tackle the many scandals of that era, from Whitewater to Vince Foster's death to Travelgate to Monica Lewinsky. Starr explains in vivid detail how all those scandals shared a common thread: the Clintons' contempt for our system of justice. 

This book proves that Bill and Hillary Clinton weren't victims of a so-called "vast right-wing conspiracy." They played fast and loose with the law and abused their powers and privileges. 

Today, from #MeToo to Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election, the office of the American presidency is in crisis - and Starr's insights are more relevant now than ever.

©2018 Ken Starr (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Sarah
  • 2018-09-13

Thought provoking and honest!

I remember this time in our country's history and it is good to hear Mr. Starr's view of it since we have all heard from everyone else involved. At the time, I was loath to see Bill or Hillary Clinton humiliared on the world stage for the crimes they had committed. Now, I am older and hopefully wiser. History and God will judge both former President Bill Clinton and his wife. I was interested in reading this book as soon as it came out and think it is good, though at times, tedious, as most historical books are. The time was tedious while it was happening. Now I know what Mr. Starr and his family were going through. I felt great sympathy towards the author and the people who worked with him. Overall, this is a book I am glad I read but very sorry it was a true story. I bought the audio book version and will be buying the book in hardback. While I didn't care for Mr. Starr's voice at first, toward the middle of the book I realized his voice was actually familiar to me and it was the only voice that could have told this story so well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-15

The Full Truth At Long Last

This book was long overdue. The nation was riveted to the television during the investigation, but we only heard what the Clinton Administration wanted us to hear. In this book, Judge Starr finally answers the questions the Clintons didn't want asked. With the curtain pulled back, the full picture is rather unflattering for the First Family. The complete and utter lack of character and honor of Bill and Hillary shines through. Also apparent is just how singularly committed the investigation was to the truth, and just how far the Clintons were willing to go to hide the truth from the American public. Had this been written before the 2016 election, Trump would have won in a landslide. Thank you for your service to the country, Judge Starr, and thanks for finally revealing the full truth.

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  • Robert Hargraves
  • 2018-09-25

This is a must read

Given the complexity and noise over our current political environment it is great to get a historical account from a non media source. For the younger crowd not of age during this investigation Contempt is a must read. If you’re still confused over why Hillary lost in 2016, again, Contempt is a must read.

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  • Jean Stoll
  • 2018-09-25

Mind-blowing

As a Millennial, I grew up just after the period in this book. I very much appreciated hearing a play-by-play review of the events as they took place in the 1990s. The level of specificity in the book is outstanding, and I have a much deeper grasp and appreciation for that period in American political, social, and legal history. Mr. Starr reads with feeling and with the conviction of true understanding of the subject matter, giving a fair view to the controversial subject.

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  • Florida Girl
  • 2018-10-09

A Better Understanding

There are so many lies and misrepresentations in the media that it was very interesting to hear the other side of the story. Hillary always claims a "right wing conspiracy" to cover up her illegal actions. It was fascinating to hear her "I don't recall" answers to tough questions just as she did during the Benghazi hearings and other depositions. Stonewalling is her MO. Why do so many Democrats still support her???? Her quest for money and power is frightening.

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  • Charles G. Tracy
  • 2018-10-07

Kenneth Starr is the Star

Why would you want to go back in time and hear this stuff all over again. Well, we’ve never had the opportunity to hear it from the Judge himself. Fascinating tale. Can’t make this stuff up as they say. Still unbelievable what this corrupt couple has gotten away with over the decades and they’re still not behind bars. A good reason Judgement Day. Great to have the story in Judge Starr’s own voice. Starr, an honorable man and glad to learn a little about him as well.

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  • Richard
  • 2018-09-23

Everyone should read this.

I won't insert my politics into this review. This is a must read for everyone and a good historical review.

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  • Elena L.
  • 2018-09-20

An interesting story

I remember vividly how to he story unfolded, and it was very interesting to hear it from a main character.

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  • Sandra Cookson
  • 2018-09-16

insider perspective

An important perspective of a precedent setting time in American history and politics. I'd toy seek to understand what happened, Ken Starr's version of events and his analysis deserve consideration.

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  • Greb
  • 2018-09-16

Every story has two sides

As a staunch Clinton supporter, Starr's book piqued my interest. The book is well-written, though I'm still trying figure out where Starr's reference to Nixon as "the nation's 38th President" given that all I can find is to confirm what I already know. Nixon is the 37th President.

Still, I found the book interesting, and with a grain of salt I listened to his POV, and I feel I have both sides of the story, although I am not persuaded by Starr.

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