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Roger Stone’s contribution to the genre Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon is as fascinating as it is unique. Roger Stone has written a jewel of a political book. The memoir that Stone has written is a decidedly no-spin recounting of the Nixon he admired and knew so well along with the events of Nixon’s quite public and historic life."

—Jeffrey Lord, former Reagan White House Political Director for the East Orlando Post

"Roger Stone offers a compelling alternative history and backs it with research. He revives politics of the tumultuous 70's. His Nixon is great and tragic."

—Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX NEWS Legal Analyst

"Compelling reading from GOP Political Mastermind Roger Stone. Stone makes it clear that he hasn't written a sanitized version of Nixon's political life, 'nor is it an attempt to rehabilitate his reputation. Don't expect a whitewash of Nixon's sins because 'no man is a hero to his valet.' On balance, he conclude that Nixon's greatness and his vision for a global political realignment to achieve world peace must be viewed as well as his numerous mistakes."

—Nancy Smith, Executive Editor at Sunshine State News

"Stone, a hard-ball player exposes John Dean as a self-serving liar who planned, pushed and covered up the Watergate Break in for his own agenda. Stone builds on the work of Len Colodny, James Hougan, Douglas Caddy, James Rosen and Phil Stanford to prove Dean is the real weasel of Watergate."

The Broward Bugle

"All in all, this book certainly merits a five star, excellent review for the wealth of new information it contains. It certainly clears up a lot of remaining questions as to "what really happened" in the Watergate case, mostly caused by a lot of confusion and misdirection owed into the story by Messrs, Woodward, and Bernstein. Above all else, the book sets the record straight in relation to the prevarications of John Dean, as when he called Dean's book (misnamed The Nixon Defense) 'an all-out attack on President Nixon.' It's far more accurate to see the book as Dean's defense, his last and best effort to paint a picture of how an innocent young lawyer suddenly and unexpectedly found himself in the midst of a cabal of evil-doers--and how he alone struggled to do the right thing...

Do not be put off by the reviews that complain of poor editing; there are a few redundancies and a misspelling or grammar error here and there but to state that these discredit the book is such overkill that it seems more like the kind of whining that one resorts to when there is nothing more substantive to say. In some of these cases, in fact, it is necessary to repeat, or refer to, a past reference maybe 50 pages back, in order to make another point and that should not be considered a 'redundancy' as I think some have done."

—Phillip F. Nelson, Author of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination and LBJ: From Mastermind to "The Colossus"

"I knew Nixon in the late 80's. I met him in George Steinbrenner's box at Yankee Stadium. Roger Stone nails it. He really understands Nixon."

—Donald J. Trump , President of The Trump Organization

"Roger Stone tells the unvarnished truth about Tricky Dick, the Bay of Pigs, the JFK assassination, Watergate and the secret deal with Gerald Ford for a pardon."

—Governor Jesse Ventura

"A must read for the political junkie. Nitpickers complain about editing errors from a underground publisher but the material is gold. Stone is candid about Nixon's drinking, his long term Chinese mistress and his hard-ball tactics. The Kennedys emerge as villains who stole the 1960 election."

South Florida Post

"If you want to know what happened at Watergate read this book."

—Eugenio Martinez, Watergate Burglar, Age 92

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


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Product Details

  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 28 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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50 of 65 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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Hensgens on September 16, 2014
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I learned a lot from this book. Stone knows where all the skeletons were buried and especially the ones still with meat on their bones.
Nixon, like LBJ could have been great if not for the flaws. Both resented the Kennedy's because of their Ivy League educations, but they should have stayed focused on the solutions of the issues of the day instead of the Kennedy's and they would have succeeded.
Johnson knew people and how to manipulate them. He was not shy around them and that was his gift.
Nixon knew how government worked better than any other President and knew how to manipulate the system as a whole. He was shy around people and that was his shortcoming. Johnson was a sociopath all his life. Nixon was just insecure most of his life. They were not the same, but their lives were so parallel that at times they seem to be the same since they suffered from the same paranoia and insecurities. I wished someone would have had the guts to slap Nixon and tell him to quit worrying about the Kennedy's and be your own man. Maybe he would have ended better. In his first two books, Stone manages to capture the two most defeated Presidents of the 20th century in a way most never knew.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on September 24, 2014
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I read "Nixon's Secrets" by Roger Stone, because I always thought the clues didn't add up. Nixon was set up, for sure. All the plots and subplots, involved would make a fascinating, endless soap opera. How do I know the book is true? Because the facts do check out, and the author gives a balanced report. Where he admits giving Nixon advantage, they are not what I consider pluses.

This is way too superficial, but will give you a general idea of it. The CIA in concert with the mafia, wanted to take out Castro, because he controlled the sugar market, and Pepsi was paying. (This was before corn fructose was used.) But it failed, as did the Bay of Pigs, which turned wrath against JFK, instead. So Castro's assassination became Kennedy's at the behest of LBJ and his Pepsi pal.

While Nixon was VP, he knew some of the mafia involved, because both he and JFK used those operatives to spy on each other. Actually, JFK's operations were more ruthless and extensive than Nixon's, which is how Kennedy stole the election. (It was more involved than dead people voting in Chicago and cows voting in Texas, as the author also presents the minutia of the electorial college and the Dixiecrats complexity, too.)

The burglary that booted Nixon was actually a deliberately botched break-in by talented professionals who conducted a smooth cover-up. When Nixon angrily declared "I'm not a crook," in his mind, he really wasn't. He was comparing the massive illegal machinations targeting him, to his minor shady campaign strategies generally practiced by all. His hotel rooms were bugged and private conversations that weren't recorded were leaked.

Where I fault Nixon, that the author doesn't, is his very progressive agenda.
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