Blood Feud Book Summary - Blood Feud Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro

Blood Feud summary

Edward Klein

The Clintons vs. the Obamas

3.5 (32 ratings)
12 mins

Brief summary

"Blood Feud" by Edward Klein is a political exposé that delves into the bitter animosity between the Clintons and the Obamas. It paints a portrait of a power-hungry political dynasty and the lengths they'll go to secure political power.

Table of Contents

    Blood Feud
    Summary of 5 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 5

    The animosity between the Clintons and the Obamas runs deep.

    At a Wellesley College class reunion in 2013, Hillary Clinton, according to one attendee, aimed heavy criticism at Obama, calling him “incompetent and feckless,” and going so far as to say “you can’t trust the motherfucker.”

    What inspired this vitriol? Was it simply a lack of confidence in Obama’s skill as a statesman? Far from it. It was revenge.

    Let’s take a trip back to the 2008 presidential election. During the course of the campaign, Bill thought Obama had essentially put a “hit job” on him by implicitly calling him a racist. Furthermore, Obama snubbed Clinton by implying that Ronald Reagan had had a great impact in a way that “Slick Willie” had not.

    Bill, who wanted to be remembered alongside FDR and Reagan as a great president, was deeply wounded by these remarks.

    Moreover, Bill begrudged Obama for never seeking his advice during his campaign. Even George W. Bush had reached out to him!

    Bill’s disdain for Obama has developed into a visceral hatred. In fact, he has even said that he hates Obama more than any man he’s ever met.

    Hillary’s resentment of Obama is similarly intense. It all started in the 2008 primaries after the Obama campaign said that she couldn’t be trusted, implying that political calculation – and not conviction – was her sole motivation.

    The Obamas share this disdain, feeling that the Clintons are racially insensitive and morally bankrupt. According to Senator Ted Kennedy, Bill has said of Obama, “A few years ago, this guy would be getting us coffee!”

    Michelle has held a grudge against Hillary ever since she became aware of Hillary’s aggressive, over-the-top attack on Edward Brooke, the first African American ever to become a US senator, during her time at Wellesley College.

    The Obamas also feel that Bill spends too much time flying around on his private jet, dubbed “Air Fuck One,” and feel his shady deals with shady businessmen, such as Nebraska multimillionaire Vinod Gupta, are done in return for campaign contributions, compromising his integrity.

    Want to see all full key ideas from Blood Feud?

    Key ideas in Blood Feud

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    What is Blood Feud about?

    Blood Feud (2014) tells the story of how two of the most influential families in the United States, the Obamas and the Clintons, came to despise one another, and how this mutual hatred has led to a long and cruel history of manipulation, back-stabbing and broken trust.

    Blood Feud Review

    Blood Feud (2014) by Edward Klein is a revealing investigation into the complex relationship between the Clinton and Obama families. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with insider information and interviews with key players, it offers a unique perspective on the power dynamics at play within both families.
    • Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, the book uncovers the deep-seated tensions and rivalries that shaped the political landscape during their time in office.
    • With its intriguing revelations and behind-the-scenes glimpses, the book guarantees an engrossing read that sheds light on the intricate web of politics and personal ambition.

    Best quote from Blood Feud

    Im not sure what Bill and I expected from the Obamas, but there was bad blood between us from the start. – Hillary Clinton

    —Edward Klein
    example alt text

    Who should read Blood Feud?

    • Gossip aficionados who love wild rumours about America’s Beltway
    • Anyone interested in American politics
    • Fans of Machiavelli’s The Prince

    About the Author

    Edward Klein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Amateur, as well as former foreign editor of Newsweek and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

    Categories with Blood Feud

    Book summaries like Blood Feud

    People ❤️ Blinkist 
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked these summaries

    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    31 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    10+ years
    Experience igniting personal growth
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial

    Blood Feud FAQs 

    What is the main message of Blood Feud?

    The main message of Blood Feud is a riveting exploration of the complicated relationship between the Clintons and the Obamas.

    How long does it take to read Blood Feud?

    The reading time for Blood Feud varies depending on the reader's speed, but it typically takes several hours. However, the Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is Blood Feud a good book? Is it worth reading?

    With its gripping storytelling and insightful analysis, Blood Feud is a must-read for those interested in understanding the dynamics of these two influential political families.

    Who is the author of Blood Feud?

    Edward Klein is the author of Blood Feud.

    What to read after Blood Feud?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Blood Feud, here are some recommendations we suggest:
    • American Kompromat by Craig Unger
    • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
    • China's Second Continent by Howard French
    • The Seven Circles by Chelsey Luger & Thosh Collins
    • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
    • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
    • The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
    • The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle
    • Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
    • Power Questions by Andrew Sobel & Jerold Panas