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The Nixon defense : what he knew and when he knew it

Author: John W Dean
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014. ©2014
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Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about NSA's widespread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's involvement in Watergate. In The Nixon Defense, former White House Counsel John Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his  Read more...
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Named Person: Richard M Nixon; John W Dean; John W Dean; Richard M Nixon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John W Dean
ISBN: 9780670025367 0670025364
OCLC Number: 861478938
Description: xxx, 746 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Covering up: June 20 to July 1, 1972. June 20, 1972 (Tuesday): Before and after the 18 1/2-minute gap --
June 21, 1972 (Wednesday): Creating the cover-up scenario --
June 22, 1972 (Thursday): First Watergate-related press conference --
June 23, 1972 (Friday): Firing "the smoking gun" --
June 24 to July 1, 1972: Martha's breakdown, John's resignation and another scenario --
Containing: July 1972 through December 1972. July 6 to July 18, 1972: The call from Gray and a walk on the beach --
July 19 to August 18, 1972: Concern over Magruder's testimony --
August 17 to September 15, 1972: Investigations, indictment and the president meets with his White House counsel --
Late September through October 1972: Segretti merges with Watergate --
November 1 to December 30, 1972: Reelection, reorganization, a Dean report considered, Chapin's departure and Dorothy Hunt's death --
Unraveling: January 1 to March 23, 1973. January 1973: Keeping Magruder happy, giving Hunt assurances and the Watergate break-in trial --
February 3 to 23, 1973: Senate Watergate Committee and Gray's nomination --
February 27 to March 15, 1973: Nixon discovers his White House counsel and Gray puts me in the spotlight --
March 16 to 20, 1973: Return of the Dean report, the Ellsberg break-in and Hunt's blackmail --
March 21 to 22, 1973: A cancer on the presidency and Nixon's response --
The Nixon defense: March 23 to May 22, 1973. March 23 to April 13, 1973: Options and indecision --
April 14 to 30, 1973: Pricking the boil and cleaning house --
May 1 to 10, 1973: New team, tough tactics and rough new issues --
May 11 to 22, 1973: A preemptive defense statement --
May 23 to July 16, 1973: Discrediting Dean and the beginning of the end.
Responsibility: John W. Dean.

Abstract:

Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about NSA's widespread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's involvement in Watergate. In The Nixon Defense, former White House Counsel John Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon's secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: What did President Nixon know and when did he know it? Through narrative and contemporaneous dialogue, Dean connects dots that have never been connected, including revealing how and why the Watergate break-in occurred, what was on the mysterious 18.5 minute gap in Nixon's recorded conversations, and more.

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