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Nixon's Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon Hardcover – August 11, 2014


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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (August 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162914603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629146034
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roger Stone is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Man Who Killed Kennedy:The Case Against LBJ. He is a legendary political operative who served as a senior campaign aide to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Senator Bob Dole. Stone would parlay being the youngest staff member of the Committee to Re-Elect the President into being a confidant and adviser to the ex-president. A veteran of eight national presidential campaigns, Stone writes for the Daily Caller and Fox Opinion online.

Mike Colapietro is an investigative journalist and researcher who received his bachelor’s from Eastern Connecticut State and is studying for his master’s from the University of South Florida. His work has appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, in Smoke Magazine, and on Yahoo.com.

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Roger Stone is not only a political consultant, strategist, and lobbyist, but is also the man credited with taking down New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer. He has been involved in politics since his teenage and college years, , and served as a senior staffer in eight national Republican Presidential Campaigns including those of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Stone is also credited with the destruction of the national Reform party and the shut-down of 2000 recount that made George W. Bush President. In 2012 Stone joined the Libertarian Party. Aside from politics, he's also known for his personal style, and the Men's Fashion Editor for the Daily Caller.

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Incredible book - well worth a read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vince Palamara on August 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro hit another home run here with yet another great book on a US president- in this case, the enigma that was (and remains) Richard M. Nixon. Being a true insider gives Stone a vantage point few on Earth can equal and, yet, at the same time, he is not so “smitten” with Nixon that he is afraid to criticize him, as well. I highly recommend this book for any and all history junkies, in general, and Nixon aficionados, in particular….heck, I would even recommend this fine volume to Nixon haters, as well- just might give them pause to reconsider things, as it were.

Vince Palamara
Author of “Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service & the Failure to Protect the President”
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful By ActorRC on August 13, 2014
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Just heard Roger Stone on Coast To Coast.

Looks like you'll have to juggle this book like a hot coal as you read it - its on fire.

Absolutely fascinating account of the dark back alleys of 1940s-70s American politics. The alleys that were professionally darkened by the main media's film crew while, down the block, they shot the Kennedy love story that would play in the theater of the American mind for 50 years.

The gaga saga of the Kennedy Golden Boys, Jack and Bobby, concocted by their Brown Recluse father Joe Kennedy is explored. The blackmail of Jack Kennedy by Lyndon Johnson to obtain the Vice Presidential nomination. Johnson stealing the Texas vote (by burning any votes that might have been recounted, were there a recount law), and Joe Kennedy buying the rest of the election. It all drips like a stain across the early Sixties and beyond.

Nixon can now be seen as far more complex, to put it mildly. He knew Jack Ruby. Had an affair, unwittingly carried Louis Armstrong's pot through Customs, and looked bad in the first debate because he was on antibiotics and was duped by Jack not to apply makeup that night.

Nixon appeared at five rallies on the day of the first debate. Meth and sex addict Jack Kennedy (numbed up by Dr. Feelgood), was sunbathing on the hotel roof with hookers.

Nixon couldn't read music, but he could play piano, clarinet, saxophone and other instruments. Nixon raised the Civil Rights enforcement budget 800%. He was a huge supporter of black businesses.

Nixon is in Dallas on November 22, 1963, after arriving back at Idlewild that day, Nixon calls Hoover who tells them they've already caught a Communist, just moments after the assassination. The next day, Nixon puts two and two together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phillip F. Nelson on September 10, 2014
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The long-lost truths of Richard Nixon are told as only someone with close and intimate connections to him and those around him could possibly write about. Roger Stone is uniquely qualified to write such an extensive insider's account of Nixon's long political history, including details of how the Kennedys and Johnson managed to steal the 1960 election, especially in the key states of Illinois and Texas. The book is filled with rich details of backroom deals and the vivid context -- the hows and whys -- of historic mistakes, such as Nixon's strategic error in promising to campaign in every state during the course of that election, instead of investing his time in the most critical states. The characters within these stories "come to life" with a vivaciousness that is rare in other books of this genre. For example, instead of thinking that vice presidential candidate Henry Cabot Lodge (later Kennedy's appointment as ambassador to South Vietnam) as just another sometimes-bumbling senator, we now know him to be "bright but obtuse, somewhat lazy, and [having an] aloof patrician manner." And, we find that Lodge insisted on having a two hour nap, in pajamas, every afternoon. Furthermore, we hear Barry Goldwater say about Lodge, "We can't beat the Democrats with a man who campaigns only an hour or two a day." And finally, Stone himself declares, "He [Lodge] brought nothing to the ticket" and we have a full and complete understanding of just why that was so. It provides a new prism from which to follow Lodge a few years later, when Kennedy selected him, not only to appease Republicans and war hawks in general, but how Kennedy wanted to get him sidelined in Vietnam as a way to keep him out of domestic politics for awhile.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Connors on September 8, 2014
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Roger Stone is a genuine political insider and a Nixon fan. People know that politicians live in a rough world; but seldom realize just how shadowy it is. You wish to get elected , you need money and money means influence peddling. Oddly enough, tricky Dick for a politician had more honesty than most; certainly more than the the Kennedys or Johnsons. He had plenty of personal honor, adminisrative ability and courage. Naturally his social circle was close to the events and people who killed JFK and he figured it out. The Lone Nut Theory is for third graders. It belongs beside the chapter on Washington's cherry tree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Bethel on September 15, 2014
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Few people know Washington or politics better than does Roger Stone. He brings insights and experience to this book that others coud not possibly have done even had they access to the materials that Stone and his coauthor used. Nixon's Secrets adds an important dimension to the knowledge of one of this nation's most enigmatic and complex historical figures. Anyone with an interest in Nixon or in the politicis of the era, or in government and politics in general, must read this book. Stone's revelations and interpetations of the events of that era add to the understanding of the man and his times.
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