“Kutler's book is a watershed event—the beginning of the passage of Watergate from the stuff of journalism and instant history to real history.” (Thomas Oliphant - Boston Globe
“A big powerhouse of a book, one crackling with suspense and filled with insight into the origins, the unfolding, and the consequences of perhaps the gravest political and constitutional crisis in our history.” (Michael E. Parrish - San Diego Union
“It is balance, breadth of vision, documentary research, historical context, and insight that Kutler provides—lucidly, gracefully, and far better than anyone before him. . . . This book should be regarded as the definitive reply to Nixon's attempts at rehabilitation. . . . [It] is about ethics, ends and means, and the dangers of an imperial presidency. . . . The republic owes Kutler a reward. It need not be elaborate: Americans need only to read him—and take his book seriously.” (Leonard Bushkoff - Christian Science Monitor
“A scholarly and thoughtful account. . . . [Kutler's] serious book is frequently as tense as a thriller.” (The New Yorker
“Stanley I Kutler's ambitious synthesis details the complexities of political sabotage and conspiracies to obstruct justice in evocative contexts including Vietnam and the growth of the imperial presidency. . . . Overall this study is, and will remain, the standard book on the 'underside' of the Nixon presidency for the foreseeable future.” (American Historical Review
About the Author
Stanley I. Kutler
is E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions at the University of Wisconsin and author of several books on American constitutional history.