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Excerpts from Books by and about 2008 candidates
Sen. John McCain (R, AZ)
Why Courage Matters
Sen. Barack Obama(D, IL)
Dreams From My Father
Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE)
Promises to Keep
Gov. Sarah Palin (R, AK)
New Energy for Alaska
Rep. Bob Barr (L)
The Meaning of IS
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (G)
Green Party Debate
Ralph Nader (I)
The Good Fight
Alan Keyes (NAIP)
Our Character, Our Future

Sen. Hillary Clinton
It Takes A Village
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Character Makes A Difference
Amb. Alan Keyes
Our Character, Our Future
Rep. Ron Paul
Freedom Under Siege
Gov. Mitt Romney

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Friends in High Places
Our Journey from Little Rock to Washington, D.C.,

by Webb Hubbell

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This book is a different kind of biography, because the identity of the biographer is very relevant. Webb Hubbell was a personal friend of the Clintons, from Little Rock, and ended up convicted and imprisoned while serving in the Clinton adminstration. Hence this is a biography of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, from an insider's perspective, but also an autobiography of a fallen politician.

Webb Hubbell was the Mayor of Little Rock, Hillary's partner at the Rose Law Firm, appointed as an Arkansas Supreme Court Justice, and then served as Associate Attorney General in the Bill Clinton administration. While a partner at Rose Law, he embezzled money for personal debt, but did not get caught until years later, when he was serving as Associate Attorney General. He resigned and served 18 months in prison, then wrote this book. Hubbell is candid about his guilt, which makes me believe he is candid about Bill & Hillary as well.

There are no startling revelations in this book -- just a review of the Clinton's history in Arkansas and Washington from the perspective of a "Friend of Hillary" and "Friend of Bill". Hubbell was also a close friend of Vince Foster (who also was a Rose Law Firm member) and details his suicide from a friend's perspective too. Hubbell includes substantial auotbiography about his crime and aftermath, but we focus here on Bill and Hillary.

-- by Jesse Gordon,, March 2008
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    from Friends in High Places, by Webb Hubbell (number of quotes indicated):
  • Bill Clinton (7)
  • David Pryor (1)
  • Hillary Clinton (11)
  • Janet Reno (2)
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
Civil Rights
   Hillary Clinton: Raised issues of gender compensation gap at 1970s Rose Law.
   Hillary Clinton: 1970s: Potential conflict of interest when GM sued Arkansas.
   Janet Reno: 1993: Waco resulted from protecting FBI's credibility.
   Bill Clinton: 1986 initiative: Good beginnings, Good schools, & Good jobs.
Families & Children
   Hillary Clinton: Raised issues of maternity leave at 1980s Rose Law.
Government Reform
   Bill Clinton: 1993: Considered firing all 95 US Attorneys.
Health Care
   Hillary Clinton: Vince Foster's downturn began when task force got sued.
   Hillary Clinton: Vince Foster's downturn when Hillary's task force got sued.
Principles & Values
   Bill Clinton: 1986 initiative: Good beginnings, Good schools, & Good jobs.
   Bill Clinton: 1987: Delayed presidential run to get their house in order.
   Bill Clinton: OpEd: 1988 DNC speech fiasco was to not overshadow Dukakis.
   Bill Clinton: 1991: Torn by promise not to run for president.
   Bill Clinton: 1991: Urged by AR Sen. David Pryor to run for president.
   David Pryor: 1991: Urged then-Gov. Bill Clinton to run for president.
   Hillary Clinton: 1976: Got Rose Law Firm job via Vince Foster.
   Hillary Clinton: 1977: At Rose Law, her strength was one-on-one discussion.
   Hillary Clinton: Not aggressive, but not intimidated by anyone.
   Hillary Clinton: 1988: Felt Dukakis "set up" failure of Bill's DNC speech.
   Hillary Clinton: 1990: Considered running for AR Governor instead of Bill.
   Hillary Clinton: 1992: Press questioned Rose Law Firm about Hillary.
   Janet Reno: Has never met the right man, yet.

The above quotations are from Friends in High Places
Our Journey from Little Rock to Washington, D.C.,

by Webb Hubbell

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