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They said no to Nixon : Republicans who stood up to the president's abuses of power

Author: Michael Koncewicz
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
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"In more than 3,000 recorded conversations, the Nixon tapes famously exposed a president's sinister views of governance that would eventually lead to his downfall. Despite Richard Nixon's best efforts, his vision of a government where he could use his power to punish his political enemies never came to fruition because there were those in his party who defied the president's directives. While many are familiar with  Read more...
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Koncewicz, Michael, 1984-
They said no to Nixon.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018012425
Named Person: Richard M Nixon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Koncewicz
ISBN: 9780520299054 0520299051
OCLC Number: 1028609243
Description: ix, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : "Too many nice guys" : what brought about resistance in the Nixon administration --
"An independent son of a bitch" : Nixon, Johnnie Walters, and the IRS --
"There's no basis in law to carry out this order ... and we're not going to do it" : how the OMB stopped Nixon's war on MIT --
"Get him the hell out of HEW" : Elliot Richardson's quiet battles with President Nixon --
"He's going to have to prove he's the white knight" : Elliot Richardson and the Saturday Night Massacre --
Conclusion : Nixon's culture of loyalty in the age of Trump.
Responsibility: Michael Koncewicz.

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"In more than 3,000 recorded conversations, the Nixon tapes famously exposed a president's sinister views of governance that would eventually lead to his downfall. Despite Richard Nixon's best efforts, his vision of a government where he could use his power to punish his political enemies never came to fruition because there were those in his party who defied the president's directives. While many are familiar with the Republicans who turned against Nixon during the final stages of the Watergate saga, They Said No to Nixon uncovers for the first time those within the administration--including Nixon's own appointees--who opposed the White House early on, quietly blocking the president's attacks on the IRS, the Justice Department, and other sectors of the federal government. Culling from previously unpublished excerpts from the tapes and recently released material that expose the thirty-seventh president's uncensored views, Michael Koncewicz reveals how several Republican party members chose loyalty to their roles as civil servants over Nixon's attempts to expand the imperial presidency. Delving into the culture of criminality surrounding Watergate and why it did not succeed, They Said No to Nixon sheds light on the significant cultural and ideological shifts that occurred within the GOP during the pivotal 1970s. To this day, the Nixon tapes are a bracing reminder of the threat to constitutional order posed by a president who wields power without restraint"--Provided by publisher.

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