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Inside the Nixon Administration: The Secret Diary of Arthur Burns, 1969-1974 Hardcover – October 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 1st edition, edition (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700617302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700617302
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Arthur Burns's secret diary will amaze and enthrall anyone who wants to know what the Federal Reserve has done to our money. An historical scoop of the first magnitude."--James Grant, editor, Grant's Interest Rate Observer

"Provides invaluable insights into the inner workings of the Nixon Administration, the economic issues it confronted, and the fascinating and strange character of Nixon himself."--Wyatt C. Wells, author of Economist in an Uncertain World: Arthur F. Burns and the Federal Reserve, 1970-78

"This gem of a memoir offers important new information about the policies and inner workings of the Nixon administration."--Melvin Small, author of The Presidency of Richard Nixon

About the Author

Robert H. Ferrell is author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Presidency of Calvin Coolidge; Woodrow Wilson and World War I; and America's Deadliest Battle: Meuse-Argonne, 1918. He is emeritus professor of history at Indiana University.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allan Stellar on February 18, 2012
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What an amazing interesting timepiece this diary is. The world has changed much since the early 70's. Can you imagine a Liberal being in a Republican's cabinet, like Moynihan was in Nixon's? Can you imagine a Republican talking about wage and price controls? Can you imagine a chairman of the Fed calling for tax increases? Can you imagine any Republican calling for tax increases?

Burns saw Nixon as a paranoid man. He also seems to have been the quintessential patriot. This is a wonderful, illuminating glimpse into the inner workings of the Nixon Administration. A quick and enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Double0buck on September 7, 2012
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If anyone needed a reason to be a cynic about government, reading Arthur Burns' notes on how Richard Nixon manipulated the dollar 1969-71 to foster his re-election bid is enough to ferment a mass exodus to Switzerland.

Nixon and the German general staff (Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Zeigler -- I leave out Kissinger for now only for Burns omits him in his complicity until AFTER RN closed the gold window in August '71) are detailed in their bureaucratic maneuvering to talk down the dollar, get the Treasury to prime the pumps, blame the Fed all in the effort to force the US off the gold standard thus releasing Nixon and the Congress from any fiscal restraint. RN himself wanted a monetary crisis for his re-election since, in his words, "voters believe I can shine in a crisis", much like his entitled "Six Crises" tome.

Of course, when floating the dollar didn't work to their desired ends, Nixon et al were left with wage and price controls, a tyranny of plans that were debated endlessly, enacted half-heartedly, and resulted in economic disaster. Alas, when this culminated in markings of runaway inflation, the administration called for more intervention, not less, blaming the result on everyone but themselves.

This is a marvelous book, full of detail and nuance. The reader soon realizes Burns' contempt for everyone but himself when it comes to understanding economics -- monetarists he derides (George Shultz, Milton Friedman), Keynesians (Paul McCracken), political hacks (John Connally, the German general staff), and conservatives (Bill Simon).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Texas Lady on May 27, 2011
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Dr. Robert Ferrell does a probing job into the mind set of the Nixon administration as he has edited a journal of the late Arthur Burns, who had almost daily contact with Richard Nixon. This is an excellent "fly-on-the-wall" view of this time in our history.
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Arthur Burns was the FED chairman during the Nixon presidency. This once classified diary gives the reader a ringside seat at the policy debates as they related to economics of the time. Being a private diary, it is not a comprehensive history of events but has many views of the FED Chair on the issues and the key players in the cabinet and the administration; including the President (many were not salutary!). In any case, Nixon s domination of this administration down to low levels of detail or detail he is not surely qualified to opine on(example: his pressurizing the supposedly independent FED about monetary base)is stunning. Given that Burns' FED was seen to have engineered the inflation that almost consumed the nation in the late seventies(unsure if this is fully justified) this is a must read for anyone with an interest in current debates about potential inflation, FED policy and supposed FED independence.
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By Joy A. Wiseman on September 11, 2014
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A good read.
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