If you could take a time machine back to the late 1990s, it would be possible to revisit the entire sordid Clinton-impeachment scandal, from the president's dumb liaison with a White House intern to the testimony of the undisputed Worst Confidante Ever, Linda Tripp. Thanks to the immutable laws of physics, time travel is impossible, so if you're in the mood for a walk down Gross Memory Lane, you could do a lot worse than reading Ken Gormley's The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr
, an exhaustive account of the scandal that incorporates public documents, witness testimony and retrospective interviews of the principals. Gormley, dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, discusses his book at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main), following a 6 p.m. reception. Copies of the book are available at the event, and a book signing follows the discussion. Admission is free. For more information, see kclibrary.org
or call 816-701-3407.
— Chris Packham
Thu., Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m., 2011