Academic journal article Military Review

An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton

Academic journal article Military Review

An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton

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AN AFFAIR OF STATE: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton, Richard A. Posner, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1999, 252 pages, $24.95.

Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Richard A. Posner is the author of many works of legal scholarship, bringing his multidisciplinary perspective to An Affair of State. Best characterized as historical, the book is not a sterile recitation of the well-publicized events surrounding US President William Clinton's impeachment; it is greatly enhanced with influences from the fields of political science, law, sociology and surprisingly, military science.

While numerous aspects of the case lend themselves to criticism, Posner does not take sides or gratuitous potshots; he identifies all of the actors' weaknesses and strengths. As one expects from a senior jurist, his approach is studied, judicious, yet captivating. With scholarly detachment, he preserves and assesses the case, lest the passage of time or revisionism taint it. …

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