© 2001

Defending the American Presidency

Clinton and the Lewinsky Scandal


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Robert Busby
    Pages 1-14
  3. Robert Busby
    Pages 15-45
  4. Robert Busby
    Pages 46-69
  5. Robert Busby
    Pages 117-136
  6. Robert Busby
    Pages 137-169
  7. Robert Busby
    Pages 170-186
  8. Robert Busby
    Pages 187-214
  9. Robert Busby
    Pages 215-223
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 224-255

About this book


The Lewinsky scandal provided President Clinton with a stern challenge to his political credibility in 1998-99. Having endured an investigation by an Independent Counsel, the President was impeached and only just retained the presidential office following a trial in the Senate. Robert Busby identifies and analyzes the damage limitation strategies adopted by the Clinton administration to contend with the Lewinsky scandal, and explains how and why Clinton survived the most serious Constitutional crisis since Watergate.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Liverpool Hope University CollegeUK

About the authors

ROBERT BUSBY is currently a Lecturer in American Studies at Liverpool Hope University College. Previous publications include Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair: The Politics of Presidential Recovery.

Bibliographic information


' evenhanded, dispassionate account of what happended and leaves readers the task of judging...strongly recommended...' - Choice