- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 8, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671224387
- ISBN-13: 978-0671224387
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 23.1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blind Ambition: The White House Years Hardcover – November 8, 1976
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Dean's education began when he read the "Huston Plan", which removed most legal restraints on wiretaps, mail intercepts, and burglaries. J. Edgar hoover vetoed the plan - the risk was greater than the reward (or turf protection?). More mundane matters are listed on pages 39-40. Page 45 tells of his first liability over a burglary. Page 51 tells how Erlichman won his power struggle against Mitchell. The Dita Beard letter is discussed on pages 53-59. J. Edgar Hoover said it was genuine, another action that infuriated the Nixon WH. The next liability was hiding the Town House Operation (pp.59-62). By May 1972 the ITT scandal ended and Kleindienst was confirmed; it looked like the end of the problems. Chapter 3 tells of the Howard Hughes affair.Read more ›
Actually, I have the paperback edition and have read it several times. I wanted the hardback for the larger print size.
This is an excellent book, not just for taking the reader behind the scenes of Watergate, but for displaying the true personality of Richard Nixon.
The description that Dean gives of Nixon throughout the book corroborates the statements by Bob Haldeman and John Erlichman.
Blind Ambition is a tale of a President obsessed with only one goal - to make sure he got re-elected.
Richard Nixon was a man of insecurity and self-doubt, and these traits were strongly reinforced when Nixon lost the 1962 California governorship to incumbent Edmund G. "Pat" Brown.
It was Lawrence O'Brien, who was responsible for leaking about the Howard Hughes loan to Nixon's brother, Donald, that played a part in the 1962 loss of election to Governor.
Now, O'Brien was National Chairman of the Democratic National Party. Nixon worried about what "goods" O'Brien had on him now. Thus, the DNC Headquarters at the Watergate Complex were broken into; a third-rate burglary was turned into a major cover-up along with other crimes and White House horrors.
The discouraging remark to add to the above is, after you read this excellent book, you should try to see the TV-made movie, based on the book. The movie was well done, with Rip Torn playing Nixon, and doing the best job of anyone I have seen.
Unfortunately, no commercial version of the movie was released. It was a 4-part miniseries. Once-and-awhile,
the channels of STARZ shows it.Read more ›
After I stumbled across a claim that Dean testified that most of the book is grossly inaccurate, I read a few other hostile critiques. Most of them are written by people with an axe to grind. My common sense tells me that the book is mostly plausible. I mean, Dean sets out to draw himself as a weakling, lacking in integrity and a sycophantic coward. Not sure why he would take this angle unless he just wanted to make a clean breast of things. I mean, he'd already been convicted of obstruction of justice and sent to prison. What would he have to gain by distorting events at such a late date?
Anyways read it and decide for yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even after all the years since Watergate, John Dean's well researched and brilliantly written book is spot-on and still, oh so, gripping. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clifford G. Wheaton
A cautionary tale about paranoia and lust for power.
John Dean was the "poster boy" for Watergate. Read more
This is one of the few non-fiction books I've read (I'm almost done with it) that kept my attention. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen Schwarz
A first-rate account by a man who was at the center of the storm called Watergate and who acknowledges his participation in it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by R. Whitney
I was 20 when this started. I could not understand how stupid this was. All these years later it's just so sad.Published 23 months ago by CrazyCatLady
Having just finished 3 books (Dean, Haldemann, and Ehrlichman), I would say that John Dean's is the most honest and forthcoming. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by V-ROD
Dean in a deposition claimed he neither wrote the book or proofed its galley. So should you believe the book or his testimony to congress.Published on December 21, 2013 by Ray