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The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate Hardcover – 1976


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  • Hardcover: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Press; First Edition edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883491028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883491027
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Martin on December 1, 2009
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Jaworski writes about his experience and perspective as Watergate Special Prosecutor. As he breaks down the details of the investigation, the reasons why this man of remarkable integrity was chosen for this poisonous job become abundantly clear.
A steadfast Republican, Jaworski does not let political considerations distract him from his duty.
The book concludes with an excellent explanation of why Nixon received Ford's pardon and why Nixon could not and should not have been criminally prosecuted.
Although not as entertaining as "All the Presidents Men," it is far superior for it's depth and historical perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Leonidas "Leon" Jaworski (1905-1982) was the second Special Prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal. In addition to this 1976 book, Jaworski also wrote the books The Lawyer in Society, Confession and avoidance: A memoir, and Crossroads.

He wrote, "By early January, 1974, it became apparent that President Richard Nixon, for all his public posturing... had decided in private to keep the facts buried." (Pg. 87) Jaworski defends offering plea bargaining to persons such as Charles Colson because "successful plea bargaining was bringing us to a point where I could ask the United States Supreme Court to bypass the Court of Appeals and rule on our right to the President's tapes." (Pg. 160)

He quotes lawyer George Frampton's critique of the notion of not prosecuting Nixon after his resignation: "I wonder if ten years from now history will endorse the notion that Mr. Nixon has 'suffered enough.' The powerful men about him have also lost their jobs and been disgraced, but many of them will have lost their liberty and livelihood. Mr. Nixon, on the other hand, will continue to be supported in lavish style with a pension and subsidies at taxpayers' expense until his death... The prospect of Mr. Nixon publishing his memoirs (and thereby adding several million dollars to his net worth) should remind us that unlike his aides ... Mr. Nixon will have the 'last say' about his own role in Watergate if he is not prosecuted. This why...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ALK on August 20, 2013
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This was a present. It was written by a person who was involved
with investigating Richard Nixon. When Leon Jaworski learned of all the
horrible secrets, he cried...and the nation lost so very much
from this crime.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Orrin C. Judd VINE VOICE on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Okay, we'll take it for granted that the Media Age has accelerated & magnified all of these problems, but here are some of the familiar themes we find in Jaworski's memoir of the Watergate Special Prosecutor's Office: questions about the constitutionality of the Office itself, expansive jurisdiction, convictions for perjury instead of for underlying crimes, leaks, grand jury report to Congress, specious privilege claims, etc. All of the supposedly unprecedented events of recent years are all here.
Jaworski is a pretty pedestrian writer & his focus is very specific to issues that concerned the Special Prosecutor's Office; one longs for a little greater perspective. However, he leaves little doubt that Richard Nixon and his aides engaged in a conspiracy to cover up White House involvement in the Watergate & Ellsberg breakins and, in doing so, obstructed justice.
Ultimately, the most important impression that the book leaves is that America is a better place because we forced from office a man who was not fit to be President. Once upon a time in America, we cared about such matters.
GRADE: C
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