The Guardian: "The opening scene in Blood Feud, the new book by Ed Klein about the Clintons and the Obamas, is a classic of the 77-year-old author's scurrilous brand of political non-fiction... On a sunny afternoon in May last year, we are told, Hillary Clinton gathered six girlfriends from Wellesley's class of 1969 for a boozy lunch at Le Jardin du Roi, a bistro near her home in Chappaqua, New York... Klein discloses breathlessly that 'the wines had been carefully chosen by Roi, the owner of the restaurant,' and that 'Roi waited on Hillary personally and prepared a special vegan dish for her after the former first lady told him that she was trying to lose weight.'"
"There is, however, a problem with this centrepiece of Blood Feud's prologue. Le Jardin du Roi was not named after the backyard of a man called Roi. It means 'The Garden of the King', or 'The King's Garden' in French. 'It's just the name of the restaurant,' a puzzled staff member told the Guardian when reached by telephone. The name of the man who owns the restaurant is Joe."
Marc Ambinder: "Like bad writing in movies, Klein's scenes seem designed to paper over enormous plot holes. Unlike good writing in movies, Klein does not do much to make the reader forget how utterly...improbable...his dialogue seems. Like clever high school students, many of Klein's claims are almost deliberately uncheckable."
Katherine Miller: "Almost every chapter has something truly insane in it... Look, let's cut right to the chase here: Blood Feud is the funniest book of 2014. Maybe ever."
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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-- Chuck Todd, NBC News political director
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-- Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report
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-- Charlie Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report
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-- Larry Sabato, Center for Politics, University of Virginia
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-- Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe
"If I were on the proverbial
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-- Dotty Lynch, CBS News political consultant
"Taegan Goddard has a knack for digging out political gems that too
often get passed over by the mainstream press, and for delivering the
latest electoral developments in a sharp, no frills style that makes
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-- Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
"Political Wire is one of the absolute must-read sites in the blogosphere."
-- Glenn Reynolds, founder of Instapundit
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