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Gary Aldrich was an FBI agent closing out his career with a stint at the White House. What should have been a peaceful exit left him shaken. Unlimited Access is Aldrich's electrifying expose of a presidential administration with a great deal to hide--and willing to put America at risk to keep it hidden.


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Gary Aldrich was an FBI agent closing out his career with a stint at the White House. What should have been a peaceful exit left him shaken. Unlimited Access is Aldrich's electrifying expose of a presidential administration with a great deal to hide--and willing to put America at risk to keep it hidden.

30 review for Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lobstergirl

    My curiosity is piqued by Thomas Frank's mention in What's the Matter with Kansas: "The book's most spectacular claim - that President Clinton was sneaking out of the White House for nightly trysts in the Washington Marriott - was discredited soon after publication, but this has not dimmed Aldrich's popularity among the backlash rank and file. The source of Aldrich's continuing appeal to the angry man on the street, I believe, is his hair-trigger irritability with the everyday world. Unlimited My curiosity is piqued by Thomas Frank's mention in What's the Matter with Kansas: "The book's most spectacular claim - that President Clinton was sneaking out of the White House for nightly trysts in the Washington Marriott - was discredited soon after publication, but this has not dimmed Aldrich's popularity among the backlash rank and file. The source of Aldrich's continuing appeal to the angry man on the street, I believe, is his hair-trigger irritability with the everyday world. Unlimited Access is essentially a long list of minor protocol infractions observed by its impossibly straight-arrow author while he worked in the Clinton White House. Aldrich ticks off the bad manners he notices among the Democrats in the White House cafeteria, taking umbrage at the guy he once saw eating yogurt prior to weighing it on the cafeteria scale. He clucks primly at George Stephanopoulos's messy office and boils at the memory of the Clinton staffers who didn't return his phone calls. He suspects that people are hiding something when they're happy to meet him; he suspects that people are hiding something when they're unhappy to meet him. Aldrich even passes on a complaint from a fellow officer that Hillary Clinton looked at him wrong."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Martin

    This book gave a great insight to the Clinton White House. Not always complimentary! This included an altercation between the President and first lady just before the inauguration. When Hilary found out Gore was to have the office space and she was not going to get the office normally given to the Vice President, she attacked Bill Clinton in such furry that the Secret Service Agents had to forcibly restrain her. After that she would not let them come within 10 feet of her at any function! Gary This book gave a great insight to the Clinton White House. Not always complimentary! This included an altercation between the President and first lady just before the inauguration. When Hilary found out Gore was to have the office space and she was not going to get the office normally given to the Vice President, she attacked Bill Clinton in such furry that the Secret Service Agents had to forcibly restrain her. After that she would not let them come within 10 feet of her at any function! Gary Aldrich also gives insight to a possible cover up of murder, suppression of evidence and intrigue from within, and much, much more. Of course all this couldn't possibly be true about a President and his lovely wife.......or could it!?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    Alright, I have to write a personal review of this book. The book is written by an FBI agend inside the White House whose post started with the George Bush, Sr. administration and ended with the Clinton administration. The book offers stark contrasts between the two administrations, and the downright unorganized administration of Bill Clinton and, yes, Hillary. Being a staunch conservative I loved the insight and gave it 5 stars. Of course, many will read this and claim it as just Alright, I have to write a personal review of this book. The book is written by an FBI agend inside the White House whose post started with the George Bush, Sr. administration and ended with the Clinton administration. The book offers stark contrasts between the two administrations, and the downright unorganized administration of Bill Clinton and, yes, Hillary. Being a staunch conservative I loved the insight and gave it 5 stars. Of course, many will read this and claim it as just propaganda,however,the author is very deliberate in telling his readers that this is just the truth from what he saw with his owne eyes. If you feel like 'gettin fired up,' for reasons of loving the Clintons or really not agreeing with them (to put it nicely) then give it a read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    WOW! And Americans re-elected them. That doesn't say much for our intelligence. Can you imagine how much more horrendous the stories would be if he stayed on for the next term? Can you imagine the tales he would tell if he were in the White House today? I wish that everyone that had any interest in voting for Hillary would read this book, but then again, they have to already know that she is completely unpatriotic, she is just power hungry. I'm sure the American citizens that will vote for WOW! And Americans re-elected them. That doesn't say much for our intelligence. Can you imagine how much more horrendous the stories would be if he stayed on for the next term? Can you imagine the tales he would tell if he were in the White House today? I wish that everyone that had any interest in voting for Hillary would read this book, but then again, they have to already know that she is completely unpatriotic, she is just power hungry. I'm sure the American citizens that will vote for Hillary are made from the same mold as her. That's so sad, but now I'm getting away from the book and into politics. Sorry.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Salsadancer

    A 30-year veteran of the FBI who spent his last 5 assigned to White House security as an agent responsible background checks during Clinton administration writes his impressions and experiences. He does not have a political ax to grind, nor does political opportunism seem to be his motive. He gives a matter-of-fact analysis of nuts and bolts issues surrounding the functioning of the White House. The book is relevant today as it gives a picture of what goes on in the White House behind the A 30-year veteran of the FBI who spent his last 5 assigned to White House security as an agent responsible background checks during Clinton administration writes his impressions and experiences. He does not have a political ax to grind, nor does political opportunism seem to be his motive. He gives a matter-of-fact analysis of nuts and bolts issues surrounding the functioning of the White House. The book is relevant today as it gives a picture of what goes on in the White House behind the scenes, and how things work there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    This book by Democrat FBI agent is interesting whatever your politics, because of the insight into the inner-workings of security operations at the White House. The FBI agent describes the struggles he faced completing required background checks on most members of the Clinton staff. Such checks are required before anyone can be granted access to varying levels of secured documents. Unfortunately, with the majority of the staff unwilling to cooperate, the entire White House ended up operating This book by Democrat FBI agent is interesting whatever your politics, because of the insight into the inner-workings of security operations at the White House. The FBI agent describes the struggles he faced completing required background checks on most members of the Clinton staff. Such checks are required before anyone can be granted access to varying levels of secured documents. Unfortunately, with the majority of the staff unwilling to cooperate, the entire White House ended up operating with the same de-facto security clearance---Unlimited Access. That is, because most had no security clearance at all, all members of the White House staff could arguably gain access to all documents. Thus, there was no security and no clearance. Chelsea Clinton once told Aldrich, "My mom calls you guys pigs," and that seemed to set the tone for the rest of the staff. Aldrich faced a host of other security problems, along with a culture that had no respect for him and no appreciation for the work his agency did. Based on the few criminal records he does secure, Aldrich surmises that the White House he worked in was staffed largely by one-time criminals. In other words, (my words--not his) by gentle, peace-loving hippies whose hobbies included anti-draft, anti-Nuke, and anti-America rallies/riots, staging a coup at Yale and having all grading scales permanently thrown out, setting things on fire, blowing up research labs, drinking too much, getting stoned, streaking, rioting, looting, using political connections to dodge the draft and the DA, and covering up Communist sympathies in order to someday for office. (But again, this is my digression. Aldrich is too professional to editorialize---he leaves it to the reader to connect the dots.) Many of the most revealing stories in the book involve Hillary Clinton and her staff. The most news-worthy of these is the mystery surrounding a computer the FBI tried to obtain after the death of Vincent Foster. The FBI--while conducting a possible homicide investigation--was denied access to Foster's office for nearly 24 hours. When they finally obtained his computer, the hard drive had been erased in a manner computer experts said could only have been done deliberately. Of course, nothing ever came of that....

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Delaware

    After reading this book, and seeing how so much of the information Aldrich revealed during his time in the White House aligns with so many other books that have come out since this was first published. Many of the experiences he spoke of is very similar to books written by retired Secret Service agents and other White House staff that were there during the Clinton years. I really feel America dodged a bullet when Hillary was defeated in the Presidential election in 2016. She was her own brand of After reading this book, and seeing how so much of the information Aldrich revealed during his time in the White House aligns with so many other books that have come out since this was first published. Many of the experiences he spoke of is very similar to books written by retired Secret Service agents and other White House staff that were there during the Clinton years. I really feel America dodged a bullet when Hillary was defeated in the Presidential election in 2016. She was her own brand of madness and crazy when she was given power as was later shown in her time as SOS under Obama. The Clintons are truly poison, and a good example of putting the wrong people in the White House.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jcb

    Lots of inside info and observations from someone who was there, day in and day out, inside the walls of the Clinton White House. But, nothing here amounts to a "smoking gun"-level anything.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joe Macko

    Extremely enlightening

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Nellis-Schwan

    What I thought would be an inside look into the FBI at the White House quickly turned into realizing this book has little substance. The writing in this book is mere rambling and venting of experiences he had in the White House. Whether you do or don’t like the Clinton’s, the writing style in this book is enough for me to not recommend it to anyone else.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda Bamburg

    A much better insight into the Clinton Whitehouse.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    This book is older but with the upcoming election the subject remains very relevant. This is one of those books that should've been a magazine article rather than an entire book. The content was somewhat interesting but simply not enough to stand on its own. The book was very tabloidish at times. Point in such : President Clinton would sneak off to rendezvous with a woman at the Marriot near the White House. This is not surprising, but it is basically "heard it from someone who heard it from This book is older but with the upcoming election the subject remains very relevant. This is one of those books that should've been a magazine article rather than an entire book. The content was somewhat interesting but simply not enough to stand on its own. The book was very tabloidish at times. Point in such : President Clinton would sneak off to rendezvous with a woman at the Marriot near the White House. This is not surprising, but it is basically "heard it from someone who heard it from someone else". Read Unlimited Access for entertainment but do not expect a serious memoir.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Doug Tabner

    The first observation you're likely to make when reading this is that Gary Aldrich is a straitlaced guy. I mean *very* tightly wound, with no tolerance for anyone who has long hair or fails to dress in what he considers an appropriate manner. Gary Aldrich makes Joe Friday look like a laid back, easy-going guy. This book was written in the mid 1990s and even for that time period his views on things like drug use and homosexuality aren't just outdated, they're downright archaic. But here's the The first observation you're likely to make when reading this is that Gary Aldrich is a straitlaced guy. I mean *very* tightly wound, with no tolerance for anyone who has long hair or fails to dress in what he considers an appropriate manner. Gary Aldrich makes Joe Friday look like a laid back, easy-going guy. This book was written in the mid 1990s and even for that time period his views on things like drug use and homosexuality aren't just outdated, they're downright archaic. But here's the thing about this book: even making allowances for Aldrich's conformist, this is the way we've always done things attitude, there is enough damning material left over to make one realize what a bullet we dodged when first Obama and then Trump defeated Hillary. It's important to note that this was written during the Clinton administration. This was not a campaign hit piece written during Hillary's campaign. Although Hillary does come off as the main antagonist here. Much more than Bill. The book is essentially a tell all about how the incoming Clinton administration was akin to the barbarians at the gate. Stephanopolis, Meyers, Kennedy, and many anonymous staffers come off very poorly. They believed, according to Aldrich, that being a friend of the Clintons was the only thing that mattered. They were partly correct, as the Clintons were a paranoid bunch who believed that everyone who wasn't personally hired by them was out to get them. The debacle with the Travel Office illustrates this mind set very well. And it is also what gives this book credibility, despite the author's obvious bias. Many of the things he discusses have been verified by other sources, some of them dating back to the time they were happening.Travelgate was in the news. Hillary's disdain for the Secret Service was well-known. As noted in the book, she herself wrote about it in her Washington Post column. Also in the news at the time was the issue about staffers, some high up in the administration failing to have required FBI background checks conducted. Even though this book is now twenty four years old, it is still a worthwhile read, and as long as the Clintons are involved in current politics, it will continue to be relevant.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer

    12-years ago this would have been timely and inflammatory. Clearly I left this one sitting on my 'to read' shelf way too long because the Clinton White House is nearly 10 years gone and I just don't care anymore about reports that they were hillbillies gone wild. I'm no longer intrigued by the "Vince Foster cover-up", I no longer care they broke White House protocol in every way. I'm not saying he isn't telling the 'truth' as he sees/saw it, but this author has a clear political agenda that 12-years ago this would have been timely and inflammatory. Clearly I left this one sitting on my 'to read' shelf way too long because the Clinton White House is nearly 10 years gone and I just don't care anymore about reports that they were hillbillies gone wild. I'm no longer intrigued by the "Vince Foster cover-up", I no longer care they broke White House protocol in every way. I'm not saying he isn't telling the 'truth' as he sees/saw it, but this author has a clear political agenda that doesn't resonate with me and the menacing attitude with which he writes, makes the book stink of propaganda. (although the author swears throughout the story that he has no agenda.) Didn't love president Clinton, but even so, I didn't love this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pam Stebbins

    This book gives an FBI agent's view of the Clinton White House in its first and half year. In case you forgot those early scandals --Gennifer Flowers, Whitewater, Vince Foster's suicide and his ruined computer, Travelgate, Nannygate, the disastrous standoff with the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, and assorted staff cover-ups ---you'll be reminded of them and more. The author gives a measured account that lines up well with the later scandals and actions of the Clintons, and especially of Hillary. This book gives an FBI agent's view of the Clinton White House in its first and half year. In case you forgot those early scandals --Gennifer Flowers, Whitewater, Vince Foster's suicide and his ruined computer, Travelgate, Nannygate, the disastrous standoff with the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, and assorted staff cover-ups ---you'll be reminded of them and more. The author gives a measured account that lines up well with the later scandals and actions of the Clintons, and especially of Hillary. This older book has once again become timely and is worth the read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bevrlee

    The Clinton Administration made very poor choices on many levels when it came to the security of our country and our President. Their views seemed to cloud the fact that the Office of President is much bigger than individual preferences and ideas. It was sad to read about the treatment of the staff and how some of them disgraced their office. The flavor is simply an FBI man letting you know how it was. Not flowery and to the point. It's a shame he had to endure such nonsense and couldn't leave The Clinton Administration made very poor choices on many levels when it came to the security of our country and our President. Their views seemed to cloud the fact that the Office of President is much bigger than individual preferences and ideas. It was sad to read about the treatment of the staff and how some of them disgraced their office. The flavor is simply an FBI man letting you know how it was. Not flowery and to the point. It's a shame he had to endure such nonsense and couldn't leave his profession on a higher note.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashelynn & Rob

    A stunning indictment into the dysfunction and disgusting un-americanism of the Clinton regime. The chapter when Aldrich goes back to his days as a rookie FBI agent undercover in an Anti-American Vietnam protest, then takes us across the Atlantic to where Bill Clinton was marching on the US Embassy in London chanting "Ho-Ho-Ho Chi Mihn, the Viet Cong are gonna win!" is stunningly well done. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a rather more accurate account of Clinton's life than his A stunning indictment into the dysfunction and disgusting un-americanism of the Clinton regime. The chapter when Aldrich goes back to his days as a rookie FBI agent undercover in an Anti-American Vietnam protest, then takes us across the Atlantic to where Bill Clinton was marching on the US Embassy in London chanting "Ho-Ho-Ho Chi Mihn, the Viet Cong are gonna win!" is stunningly well done. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a rather more accurate account of Clinton's life than his memoirs, "My Lie."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    If the voters had read this book, Clinton never would have been re-elected. I am sick, disgusted by the curruption that was in the Clinton White House. This was just about his first 3 years in office. Actually, if FBI checks were done on Bill and Hillary before he took office, they would not have been allowed clearance..even to work as the cleaning staff!!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    While I definitely wasn't a fan of the Clinton administration, this book was a bit difficult to read because it was just so incredibly biased. The author did seem to have the facts to back up his claims, and I did like the insights into a different part of the inner workings of the White House that you don't normally hear about.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol Irvin

    What an interesting story of the life of now retired FBI agent, who worked at the White House for the Bush administration and part of the Clinton's term of office. Let's just say if you are on the fence of deciding to vote for Hillary or just curious- you have to read this! I cannot stand the Clintons and now I really dislike Hillary! We do not want her back in the White House!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathi

    Fast read. If you are pro-Clinton, you'll be disgusted. If you hate them, you'll be thrilled. The author takes pains to share that he is apolitical, neutral, Switzerland. But in the reading, he seems very pro- Bush (the first one) and anti- Clinton. If even half of this is true, though, uh oh.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dave Hoff

    Written in 1996 by a FBI agent assigned to investigate Clinton's people brought in after the 1992 election. A bunch of unruly hippies of the 'Nam era. No regard for the niceties and respect of previous presidents. Hillary a foul mouth brat. With her desire to be Pres. now, read this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Willard

    You don't want to know what the Clintons were doing in the White House. Really.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marcy

    This was written by an FBI agent in the Clinton White House. What a horribly biased book. He didn't have one good thing to say about anyone. Hated this book. Do not read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    I read this years ago, and what I remember standing out to me was that Aldrich seemed shocked that Hillary Clinton spent Sunday mornings listening to Motown music. Quelle horreur!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sherman Criner

    Clash of cultures. Some insight details.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelley Mccarthy

    Interesting, a little repetitive but sounds like the Clinton Administration had good times, well, we no one of them did. Wish I could have worked there.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dennis O'Daniel

    Interesting to see the things that went on

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Pretty good expose behind the scenes of the Clinton White House from FBI agents who say the Clinton's behavior first hand. Very scary, given that Hillary is the Dem's front runner.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Van

    Very Interesting!! Couldn't put it down

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