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Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Our colleague Daniel Halper’s highly anticipated new blockbuster, Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, goes on sale this week. It promises to be the go-to book for fearless, not to mention nonhagiographic, reporting on Hillary Clinton’s effort to return the family business to its former domicile at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., after a hiatus of 16 years.

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The book, intriguingly, made headlines last week even before its release. As Lloyd Grove reported in the Daily Beast (“The Strange Leak of the New Exposé ‘Clinton, Inc.’ ”): “A prolific but mysterious rogue distributor .  .  . somehow got a copy of Halper’s book and blasted out a series of mass-media emails containing PDFs .  .  . of the entire 317-page, 12-chapter volume that was officially under wraps until the designated publication date, July 22. .  .  . Emails from someone who identified himself, unusually, as Robert Josef Wright​—​a name not immediately accessible on Google or other commonly used databases​—​began blasting to more than 100 prominent and less prominent print and online journalists and television anchors, occasionally using their personal addresses. The message from ‘Wright’ read as follows: ‘Here is a book I bought today that you all must read. Its [sic] coming in several emails so it doesn’t spam you. Someone has exposed The Royal Clinton’s [sic]. King Smarmy Bill, Queen Smug Chilary, and Princess Spolied Chlesea [sic]. I don’t know David [sic]Halper or his other books. But he obviously knows people who have been dying to tell the truth and finally have. Will you take it seriously or will the liberal press coronate the Clintons by attacking the messenger.’ ”

The mysterious leaker has not yet been identified. But it looks like a ham-fisted effort by someone supporting Hillary to tar the book as a favorite of loony right-wingers, hence the misspellings and cartoonish language of the email missive. Happily, the ploy seems to have backfired, serving only to heighten interest in Halper’s work. Grove describes the book as “juicy and gossipy, yet scrupulously researched, drawing on numerous on-the-record conversations (as well as many not-for-attribution -interviews) with prominent Democrats and Clinton insiders, past and present.” The Scrapbook concurs. Had we been asked for a blurb, we would have called it “scrupulously juicy.” We think our readers will enjoy every morsel, and encourage you all to buy a copy for yourselves and another copy for a friend (because if you lend yours, you may never see it again).

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