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  • Hardcover: 507 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition first Printing edition (May 1991)
  • ISBN-10: 0312051573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312051570
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,025,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If Bob Woodward didn't exist, he would have to be invented.
P. I. Marder
The book is very interesting and is full of great insight into the administration.
John G. Hilliard
(Gee, they don't show such things on TV anymore, not even on CNN.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I truly believe that SILENT COUP is one of the most important books of the 20th Century. It shows what the Watergate affair was really all about (something far different from official conclusions), and is backed by firm evidence. If you don't read this book, you are denying yourself the truth about an important chapter in U.S. History.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Earth that Was on January 3, 2010
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"Silent Coup" is an important work of "Watergate Revisionism" that brings the Radford spy ring into the picture. In short, senior Pentagon officials at the Joint Chiefs of Staff level authorised what amounted to an "unofficial" spy operation targeted at the White House. They wanted to keep tabs on Kissinger and his secret diplomacy. Kissinger's moves were shaking the way US foreign policy had been conducted for a generation, the Chiefs believed they were being left out of the loop.

The authors see US national security chiefs as going beyond this illegal, unconstitutional and somewhat amateur snooping on Kissinger to a more sinister, and ultimately successful, effort to remove Nixon, or at least, deflect fall-out from the downfall of an administration already heading for a crash, away from themselves. Central to their thesis are the numerous links between various Watergators and the CIA, a VIP Call Girl ring (itself under CIA influence) used by the DNC and the past relationship between former USN briefing officer Woodward to both Admiral Radford and General Alexander Haig, whom the authors picked as "Deep Throat". The label "coup" however may be somewhat misleading. The authors are not so much talking about a Latin American putsch so much as political jujitsu by Haig and the Joint Chiefs.

Much of this material is discussed by other Watergate revisionists, for example, Jim Hougan in "Secret Agenda", although often framed in a different explanatory narratives. "Silent Coup" to it's credit provides numerous references and attachments as evidence, especially for the Radford spy ring. This isn't always the most enjoyable reading experience.

There are some benefits beyond Watergate revisionism too.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
We've all been wondering for years what the Watergate burglers were looking for. Here's the most plausible motive yet deduced. There's some digression in Colodny and Gettlin's filler material regarding the Moorer-Radford affair, and their attempt to identify "Deep Throat," which is irrelevant. Prior to and during the "cover up" phase of the scandal, the fox was permitted to stay in the hen house, and nobody thought to ask why. Having followed the inquest, and read most of the books published by the principals involved in the breakin and the coverup, I enjoyed SILENT COUP more than most books on the subject. A must read for conspiracy buffs such as myself. I have a mint condition copy I'll trade for Schopenhauer THE WORLD AS WILL AND REPRESENTATION in paperback.
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63 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Silent Coup" is the result of one of the most important journalistic research efforts of the modern era. It details an alternative view of the Watergate Affair, and blows a mile-wide hole in the commonly-accepted account of Woodward & Bernstein.
As distasteful as it may be to some readers, the work generally supports the long-held claims of the G. Gordon Liddy camp, i.e. that Woodward & Bernstein's accounts in "The Washington Post" and their following books were merely an extension of John Dean's version of Watergate, wherein Dean is innocent and everyone else is guilty. However, while the book vindicates Liddy's testimony as to fact, it does not paint much of a flattering picture of the convicted felon otherwise.
Colodny & Gettlin expose Dean's supposed role of "fall guy" for what it is: self-serving lies, and lies that were (or should have been) known to the Watergate prosecutors who used his perjured testimony, given in exchange for leniency, to bring down the Nixon Administration. A carefully researched and meticulously documented thesis is posited by the authors, namely that Dean essentially sent the White House up the river in order to save his own neck and conceal his own critical involvement in literally every aspect of the Watergate crimes and cover-ups.
Specifically, an overwhelming case is made that Dean, in order to squash his own involvement in a seperate legal matter pertaining to the surreptitious use of DNC headquarters in Washington as a front for a high-class call-girl service, and in which his own future wife Mo was complicit, instigated the burglaries at the DNC in hopes of removing evidence belying his association therein.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slokes VINE VOICE on October 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Watergate is one of those great crimes that changed everything, yet no one seems to know what really happened. "Silent Coup" authors Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin turn the official version upside down and present three of Watergate's supposed good guys in a far less flattering light.

This 1991 conspiracy-minded history posits not one but two crimes, neither one involving President Richard Nixon or usual suspects from other Watergate histories, like John Mitchell or Bob Haldeman. The first, the famous break-in at a Washington D. C. office complex that gave the case its name, was pushed by White House counsel John Dean for entirely personal reasons, namely getting the skinny on a call-girl ring with a connection to his future wife. The second was covering up some more personal spying entirely unrelated to the break-in but threatened with exposure because of the attention Watergate drew, this time involving Nixon's chief of staff Alexander Haig. Like Dean, Haig was adept at covering his tracks, even if it was with the bodies of trusting colleagues like Nixon himself.

Both Dean and Haig are often mentioned in other Watergate accounts as good guys, the former exposing the president's deceit to congressional investigators and the latter loyally guiding Nixon to his eventual, necessary resignation. Both profiles have been burnished with the help of Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter who broke Watergate with colleague Carl Bernstein. In "Silent Coup," Woodward is the third bad egg, a former Navy guy who let Haig, an Army general he knew in the service, play his reportage in exchange for Nixon's scalp.

The authors interviewed over a hundred sources, many of whom give named testimony as to the doings of Dean, Haig, Woodward, et al.
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