- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition edition (October 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501116444
- ISBN-13: 978-1501116445
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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I strongly suggest this reading. You can finish the book in two days because it would forced you to keep reading it, even if you do not like Woodward writing style.
Nixon invested great faith in Butterfield's Loyalty and was stunned when he revealed to Congress one of Nixon's most closely held secrets. A great personal study of one of America's most controversial presidents and his inner circle. It is not the usual historical recounting of dates, places, names, and events, but it will give you a better understanding of these people and events that you will get nowhere else.
I would like to have a better picture of Butterfield as a man, but this is really a story about RMN. It is audacious for me to question Bob Woodward's judgement as a reporter. But the these Stars are mine to award. I can add a "Well Done" to my assessment if makes it clear that his book is well worth reading.
I have a library of books about Nam and Nixon, but this was the best read of them all.
More than ever I am convinced the only winners were the Daddy Warbucks supplying the munitions.
Happily I was out mid 69, so I wasn't a subject of Dr. K's fluffing to keep the war going for the re-election.
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