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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I appreciated this book in the same way that I did Lady Bird Johnson's "White House Diary". It is an excellent peek into the daily workings of the Nixon White House. It's amazing to read this very large volume and realize how much time was wasted by Nixon trying to analyze and manage personalities on his staff, particularly the feud between Kissinger and Rogers. Perhaps every White House staff is like this. We won't know because no one since has put out this type of detailed record. In the Watergate era I considered Haldeman, along with Erlichman, to be some of the most repulsive characters in American politics. My opinion of Haldeman hasn't changed; he's still a man I'd rather not meet. His defense that he was Nixon's mouthpiece doesn't hold water any more than military men who insist they were "following orders". My impression upon finishing the book is relief that I've never had to work in such an awful atmosphere. Great historical record, though.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's amazing the amount of time spent on incidental and personality conflicts when the bigger issues were floating around the Nixon administration.

However, as a businessman, it is refreshing to know that the office of the CEO of the world's greatest power got (and probably still gets bogged down) in small issues, just like an corporation!

A great read. It was hard to put the book down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As Conrad Black points out in his biography, Richard Nixon was known as a frequent user of code words: "Peoria" to indicate any American Heartland locale, "Upper Volta" for any third-world place, etc. So it's entirely plausible that Nixon was indeed referring to the JFK assassination in his references to the "Bay Of Pigs thing" as Haldeman says. Fascinating stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2010
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The Daily Diary format for this type of book is ideal,it can be a drawback in some books ,but as this was such an interesting era in American Politics most of Bob Haldemans entries have an upside and insight in the way Nixon Ran his white House; it gives an insider's view in a Psychological sense ,a personal sense and of course the political aspect of President R.M.N. I found it an excellent read;the Diary format allows you to pick up and start with its Chronological designations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is unbelievable stuff for a historian. On the scene notes, taken immediately (Haldeman wrote this daily).

For a layman, it is revealing how little press this book has received, given the amazing information inside. Bretton Woods is covered to an extent I have not seen elsewhere, even though Haldeman himself doesn't seem to appreciate what was happening.

Watergate is of course covered in excruciating detail.

But what I found most interesting was the mundane day to day activities of Nixon, most of which appeared to be concerned with handling Kissinger. I strongly suspect the book could be extrapolated to most (all?) of his successors.

In summary: an invaluable peek into the Twentieth Century Executive branch.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nothing in this is going to break Watergate wide open. But if you are interested in the goings-ons in the NIxon White House, this is an excellent book. A little slow at times, but well worth reading.
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on July 2, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I'm looking forward to reading this. Book stated "new" and it arrived in very good condition, I don't believe this book is in print any longer, but clearly this item was well taken care of and I would agree that it appears new. Great buy for the money if the events of this time in history are of interest to you. For all you Nixon fans out there, "Our Nixon" is a documentary available through iTunes that is well worth the time and money. Based on what I'm anticipating to read in this book and the reviews of it, it should make for a nice companion to the documentary that was incredibly interesting and was entirely created from home movie footage taken by Nixon White House insiders including HR Haldeman. Enjoy!
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on December 4, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I think it is a very interesting book with an insider feel to it. It is literally a large edited (due to size) diary. A shorthand style of writing was used by Haldeman, and after he started using a dictation recorder the daily entries became larger and more detailed. I purchased this book used for just a few dollars since it has been out of print for more than a decade, I think it is a good buy though the it stated in the acknowledgements or foreword that a CD came with the original book that contained an unedited version.
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3 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A reader said that the book was a continuation of the 1970s policy-deny,deny, deny.
First of all, it was not a story or an analysis. Read Haldeman's prior book, THE ENDS OF POWER for that sort of thing.
Second, the DIARIES were more like a 5 1/2 year daily memo pad, talking about the day to day operations, from the mundane to the high charging.
Put that in your blowhole and smoke it!
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