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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim McDougal, Curtis Wilkie Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504628792
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As Bill Clinton’s political and business mentor, Jim McDougal—with his knowledge of embarrassing real-estate and banking deals, bribes, and obstructions of justice—long haunted the White House. McDougal’s vivid self-portrait, completed only days before his death and coauthored by veteran journalist Curtis Wilkie, reveals the hidden intersections of politics and special interests in Arkansas and the betrayals that followed. It is the story of how ambitious men and women climbed out of rural obscurity, of friendships broken and lives.

Anecdotes fall like bright coins from a raconteur’s rich purse, and the “Whitewater” scandal shown for what it was. Vintage political history, Arkansas Mischief is a southern tragedy with lessons for us all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lively and engrossing excursion through the Arkansas culture that spawned McDougal and Bill Clinton.”

    New Yorker

  • “His book shows more than anything yet written about Whitewater that the human drama of this scandal may outlast even its political effects.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “An engaging and often witty memoir…a lasting testament to an elusive yet endearing man whose revelations threatened to topple the president.”


  • Arkansas Mischief…is given a cool and measured reading by James.” 


  • “Lloyd James’ Southern accent and sober inflection reel us in.”


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About the Author

Jim McDougal was, as he puts it, “just a guy caught up in the Clinton tornado.” Earlier he had managed J. William Fulbright’s senate campaigns. Before he was old enough to vote, he masterminded JFK’s presidential campaign victory in a state with decidedly anti-Catholic sentiment. Following Kennedy’s election, McDougal worked in Washington for Arkansas’ other powerful senator, John McClellan. A lifelong populist (and part-time rogue entrepreneur), Jim McDougal was convicted on eighteen counts of banking fraud. He died in prison on March 8, 1998, at the age of fifty-seven.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.