Crisis of Character is a tell-all book by former Secret Service agent Gary J. Byrne that reminds us—as if we need reminding—of the personal characteristics that make Hillary Clinton unfit to be President.
Byrne gained a measure of fame when he courageously told the truth about the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski affair in 1998 despite intense pressure to the contrary. In fact, there is more about Bill Clinton in the book than Hillary, and Byrne’s recounting of his role in the investigation is the most riveting part of his story.
It almost makes one wonder why no one has made an All the President’s Men-type movie about the Clinton scandals and impeachment. Well, we know that liberal Hollywood would never do such a thing, but there are some good independent filmmakers out there.
If you were to believe the promotion campaign for the book, you would think that it is all about Hillary Clinton. It is not, but what’s in it about her is revealing. Without disclosing any spoilers, the presumptive Democratic nominee is shown, through several examples, to be two-faced, arrogant, manipulative, calculating, temperamental, vindictive and tyrannical.
None of this is surprising to any of us who have been paying attention to the Clintons for the past 25 years. Nevertheless, the book manages to provide an interesting and well-told view of life in the White House during the 1990s.
The latter part of the book describes Byrne’s time in as a US Air Marshall in the post 9-11 years. While these chapters have their value, they have nothing to do with the Clintons. Political junkies would do well to skip them.
If you want a better summary of the reasons why Hillary Clinton should not be President, try Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer. But if you want a light, summer read that sheds light on her personality flaws, Crisis of Character is just the ticket.