When Personalities Make History

For a year Monica Lewinsky has been a mystery at the center of a storm: we seemed to know far too much about her and yet very little about what she felt and thought personally.

One of the few journalists who actually talked to her occasionally was our Washington bureau chief, Michael Duffy. Last February, just a month after the scandal broke, the two had a drink together, secretly, at a steak house in Washington. The conversation was off the record, but Michael was struck by how well-spoken and friendly she was--and also how unprepared she seemed for the nightmare...

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