Bill Clinton, 1990s Decade of Scandal

BILL CLINTON REFERENCE

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1990S DECADE OF SCANDAL:

BILL CLINTON, 1990s AND DECADE OF SCANDAL

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

The following is a bibliography and reference source on the Bill Clinton presidency (1993-2001), First Lady Hillary Clinton, the 1990s, Monica Lewinsky scandal, and the Clintons’ post-presidency political career.

As Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, New York Senator, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate and Secretary of State looks to announce her presidential run for 2016, it important to look back at the Clinton presidency.

History has a strange way of repeating itself. The Clinton years were full with scandal, culminating with the Monica Lewinsky scandal that broke in 1998, and Clinton’s subsequent impeachment. Now Hillary is embroiled with her own scandal about her private email server during her years as Secretary of State, makes one wonder how much secrecy and scandal another Clinton presidency would bring.

Monica Lewinsky has also reemerged on the public scene after a 10 year absence, with a Vanity Fair article, and cause fighting against online, like she experience during the scandal. Lewinsky denies it, but her renewed public life, and speaking about the scandal, is another living reminder of the Clinton years, its highs and lows

Even throughout his scandals and impeachment, Bill Clinton was a popular president, and now he is enjoying his highest approval ratings at 73 percent. There is romanticism with the 1990s, an era full of economic, wealth and glory, a time where foreign policy was simpler with no United States’ involvement in foreign wars and terrorism was not at the forefront, but simmering until it exploded with the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks.

It was also a time of scandal, nostalgia makes Americans forget that important part of the Clinton era. This bibliography is an attempt to look at the historiography of the Clinton presidency and the decade, with an emphasis on the Lewinsky scandal and impeachment.

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