Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review of Instaread Summary of "Clinton Cash The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich" by Peter Schweizer

Review of

Instaread Summary of Clinton Cash The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer 

Three out of five stars

 In this case, the book being summarized is a very partisan attack against Hillary and Bill Clinton as it looks more and more likely that Hillary will be elected president. The material used to justify the attacks against the Clintons is largely innuendo based on events that have other, more reasonable explanations. There are several times when a “major” point is made in the summary, only to conclude with a very weak statement.
Some examples are:
“Key Takeaway 2: Bill Clinton’s involvement in uranium mining deals in Kazakhstan raises ethical questions.” Which contains the sentence: “However, without a smoking gun, such accusations are difficult to prove. Even if no impropriety occurred, Bill Clinton’s cozy relationship with the ruler of Kazakhstan raises concerns.”
“Key Takeaway 3: The Clintons had questionable ties to a deal in which Russia purchased uranium mining rights in the United States.” Which contains the sentence: ” The New York Times wrote, ‘Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation…’” Hardly a powerful indictment.
“Key Takeaway 7” The Clinton Foundation has received large donations from many people involved in corruption and violence in Africa.” Which contains the sentence: “The Lundin Group denied all wrongdoing and charges were eventually dropped. But the association with the Clinton Foundation still appears unseemly to many observers.”
 The author of the summary does little in the main text to point out that no hard evidence of any wrongdoing is ever presented and in fact much of it is internally contradictory. Never rising above the level of “to some people it looks bad.”
 It is only in the “Author’s Perspective” section where the author of the summary performs some critical analysis. There is the very telling section:
“Schweizer is a senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News, a right-wing news site. During the 2016 presidential race, Breitbart supported Donald Trump, the businessman who claimed the Republican nomination for president in 2016. A number of Breitbart staffers even said they believed that Trump had given the website money in return for favorable coverage.”
 This summary would have been of far higher quality if more of this critical examination had been done in the rest of the overview. 

 This book was made available for free for review purposes.

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