Review: The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

In the 1960’s there was a thriller called The President’s Plane is Missing by Robert J. Serling, the older brother of Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame. As I remember it, the book wasn’t bad. This book by best-selling author James Patterson and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, on the other hand, is bad. Not just bad. It’s awful. I won’t even begin to list all the terrible things about it – there are too many. Why read it? I was curious to know how Bill Clinton wanted to present himself (for the lead character is a thinly designed him). This ‘fictional’ president marries a brilliant law student (who dies before the book even starts), adores his daughter, was governor of a Southern state, and was a decorated war hero. OK, maybe not all of those describe Clinton. The book ends with a long — a very long — speech by the fictional president laying out his views on everything. Tedious stuff. This definitely wins the prize for the worst book I’ve read this century.