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More than 20 years after the Watergate scandal that brought down his presidency, the character of Richard M. Nixon continues to fascinate us. Many books have been written about Nixon, and about Watergate, but perhaps none sheds so revealing a light on the late president as Stanley I. Kutler's Abuse of Power. In the years following Watergate, as Nixon fought to rebuild his reputation from the ruins of his shattered presidency, he fought fiercely to suppress publication of most of the secret tapes that led to his downfall. During his lifetime, only about 60 hours of the almost 4,000 that exist were ever made public, and even after his death his estate continued to obstruct further releases. Then, in 1996, Kutler, along with the advocacy group Public Citizen, won a landmark decision to release the tapes.
Among other things, Abuse of Power definitively answers the question of whether Nixon was directly involved in raising hush money (he was) and suggests a reason for the burglary attempt at the Watergate Hotel (financial documents that might have linked the Democratic Party chairman to Howard Hughes). The tapes also reveal the vindictive and bigoted side to Nixon's personality, particularly as he discusses "killing" the Washington Post, and blames rich Jews for Billy Graham's tax problems. Abuse of Power only covers an additional 201 hours of tape of the near 4,000 that remain unreleased. It seems that the final chapter on Watergate has yet to be written. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nixon: "I can't believe that they can tie [Watergate] to me. What's your feeling?" H.R. Haldeman: "It'll be messy." Right. Twenty-five years after the existence of Nixon's secret White House tape recordings became known, Kutler sued for and won their release. The excerpts provided in this excellent production are a fine example of oral history at its most dramatic (see also Michael Beschloss's Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, Audio Reviews LJ 2/1/98). Actor William Windom captures the vocal expressions listeners associate with Nixon. The voices of Haldeman, John Erlichman, Henry Kissinger, John Dean, Alexander Haig, and Rose Mary Woods are rendered realistically by an ensemble company. The effect is riveting and brings the listener into the Oval Office with Nixon and the White House staff as they try to distance themselves from the firestorm of allegation being leveled at them from outside. By the end, even Nixon is referring to himself in the third person to separate himself from the inevitability of the official investigation. All libraries will want at least one copy of this production, especially those with a focus on 20th-century political history.?Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Have not read this huge book yet-but I'm anxious to. I heard that Stanley Kutler wrote great Watergate books. Really looking forward to this & The Wars of Watergate.Published 20 days ago by liznvinny
I was eager to read this book because I am fascinated by Watergate; the event happened more than a decade before my birth, and I have read pro- and anti-Nixon feelings. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tommy
This book clearly explains the Nixon era. If you ever wonder what actually happened this is the book that will tell you.Published 11 months ago by Bette
Dramatic readings of the Watergate tapes, released in 1997. William Windom as Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, is a weak link in the way he interprets the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by H.R. Sauertieg
Very enlightening. Makes me think all presidents should be taped and published, sooner rather than later! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
As still new tapes are unearthed, listened to, analyzed and reported on in newsmedia, this very thick book, which contains thorough transcripts of all tapes up to the present is a... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Pierce Erikson
I listened to the cassette tape version of this book, which is a reenactment of the tapes by professional actors. Read morePublished on May 11, 2005 by Wilcy Moore