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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 11, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671245481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671245481
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The genius of this book is not so much that it is an expose, which it is, but it is a study of the character and personalities of 4 very powerful and influential men of the 1960's and 70's. Johnson is revealed to be a huge, bear of a man. A true good ole boy from Texas who was overbearing and a micromanager. Nixon was more of a recluse and allowed his Chief of Staff, Bob Haldeman, run the White House, often abusing this power to feed his ego. This lead to Watergate and the mess that followed. Ford was a good man and easy-going which allowed some staff to take advantage to Ford's detriment. Carter was a flake all the way along with his brother and his mother. He was a hypocrite and quite incompetent.
The unifying theme throughout is that nearly all of the characters discussed were dysfunctional individuals seeking to enhance their images through White House perks, were power hungry, rarely knew what they were doing and were overall jerks.
These people were barely able to manage their own lives and it is mind boggling to know that these are the men and women who created foreign and domestic policy. It confirms my belief that America is great because of its citizens. Once the people cease to be good then America will cease to be great.
I highly recommend this book and am surprised that is not more well known.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jadie on March 25, 2014
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I have been hunting for this book for over 10 years. My parents read it and wanted me to read it. Their copy couldn't be found so I was hunting for the book but had the incorrect author. I am so glad I found it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on April 6, 2002
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This was an ok review of his time in the White House although in the current age of tell alls this does not necessary stand up. It is interesting to compare his view o the last days of the Nixon years with the "Final Days" or "Exile". Overall this is a readable book but there are many better.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It is very important that I get contact information; i.e. email address, snail mail or phone-fax, for Bill Gulley or Mary Ellen Reese ASAP. Kathy Gulley 8/22/99
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