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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Expose Of Nixon's Fall, July 23, 2005
This review is from: The Final Days (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book thoroughly - I recommend reading "Arrogance of Power: The Secret World Of Richard Nixon" by Anthony Summers, then read this book. Mainly there was not alot of new information; still Woodward & Bernstein paint an excellent picture of the last stand of Richard Nixon and his administration.

The authors start roughly in November 1973 with Watergate becoming a political hemmorage for President Nixon. The dominance of Ehrlichman and Hadelman was over, and a new staff headed up by Gen. Alexander Haig attempted to pick up the pieces, while a major storm brewed for their boss and the country.

Haig is truly the main character in the book, as he tries to quell a tempest of Watergate, while at the same time remaining independent and in control.

Other figures in this tale grab your attention: Henry Kissinger is betrayed as a Machiavellian puppet master who is as arrogant as he is clever. His teetering relationship with Haig is fascinating, as they cast icy positions towards each other, while running the White House during Nixon's plight.

The son-in-laws - Ed Cox and David Eisenhower are voices of reason who urge for resignation - but are drowned out by their own wives. Eisenhower is portrayed as a man torn between his marriage and logic.

The President's own denial over the scandal is incredible and the authors shows how close that took this country to the edge. Details show that month after month President Nixon avoided and escalated the obvious: his resignation and downfall.

I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it for politicos and readers alike. If you're familiar with Watergate then not much new is exposed. At times, too much detail is given. However the authors leave no stone unturned from a time in history that will be re-examined for years to come.
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