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Silent Coup Hardcover – May, 1991
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The authors see US national security chiefs as going beyond this illegal, unconstitutional and somewhat amateur snooping on Kissinger to a more sinister, and ultimately successful, effort to remove Nixon, or at least, deflect fall-out from the downfall of an administration already heading for a crash, away from themselves. Central to their thesis are the numerous links between various Watergators and the CIA, a VIP Call Girl ring (itself under CIA influence) used by the DNC and the past relationship between former USN briefing officer Woodward to both Admiral Radford and General Alexander Haig, whom the authors picked as "Deep Throat". The label "coup" however may be somewhat misleading. The authors are not so much talking about a Latin American putsch so much as political jujitsu by Haig and the Joint Chiefs.
Much of this material is discussed by other Watergate revisionists, for example, Jim Hougan in "Secret Agenda", although often framed in a different explanatory narratives. "Silent Coup" to it's credit provides numerous references and attachments as evidence, especially for the Radford spy ring. This isn't always the most enjoyable reading experience.
There are some benefits beyond Watergate revisionism too.Read more ›
This 1991 conspiracy-minded history posits not one but two crimes, neither one involving President Richard Nixon or usual suspects from other Watergate histories, like John Mitchell or Bob Haldeman. The first, the famous break-in at a Washington D. C. office complex that gave the case its name, was pushed by White House counsel John Dean for entirely personal reasons, namely getting the skinny on a call-girl ring with a connection to his future wife. The second was covering up some more personal spying entirely unrelated to the break-in but threatened with exposure because of the attention Watergate drew, this time involving Nixon's chief of staff Alexander Haig. Like Dean, Haig was adept at covering his tracks, even if it was with the bodies of trusting colleagues like Nixon himself.
Both Dean and Haig are often mentioned in other Watergate accounts as good guys, the former exposing the president's deceit to congressional investigators and the latter loyally guiding Nixon to his eventual, necessary resignation. Both profiles have been burnished with the help of Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter who broke Watergate with colleague Carl Bernstein. In "Silent Coup," Woodward is the third bad egg, a former Navy guy who let Haig, an Army general he knew in the service, play his reportage in exchange for Nixon's scalp.
The authors interviewed over a hundred sources, many of whom give named testimony as to the doings of Dean, Haig, Woodward, et al.Read more ›
This is a story that really has no good guys. There is no one to root for - there are only ambitious, ruthless people pursuing their agendas: Nixon, Haig, Dean, Woodward, Buzhardt, Moorer and the Pentagon who opposed Nixon's détente policies, the Democrats who wanted to remove Nixon for partisan reasons. John Dean and Alexander Haig in particular emerge as true scoundrels. The whole affair reflects badly on our so-called democracy, and especially the mainstream media, who have contented themselves with a comfortable myth for the last 40 years rather than dig for the truth. The Washington Post did its best to lie about the book when it was published, despite the existence of taped interviews of key persons involved. As you read the text, it becomes clear that Mark Felt couldn't have been Deep Throat, unless Felt was one of many sources that together made up this character.
Anyone who thinks that this book was written by Nixon partisans simply hasn't read it. Consider this passage: "This reaction was vintage Richard Nixon. Watergate would become simply another battle in his lifelong war with the Democrats. Floundering in ignorance as to how the affair had begun, and instead of attempting to solve the crime, Nixon was busy calculating how he might use it to strike at his enemies.Read more ›
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This is a really interesting book. I really like all the indexes. It is well written and full of interesting perspective. A must read.Published 1 month ago by Carlos Moral
Silent Coup is a new (to me) history with extensive details and documentation...many via taped interviews with the principals. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leon Dixon
I didn't read Silent Coup when it was first published 25 years ago, because I had been influenced by the negative publicity from the Washington Post. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ray Locker
A noble and largely successful attempt to unearth the reasons for Nixon's demise. They actually had very little to do with the celebrated break in and more to do with his steroid... Read morePublished 2 months ago by W. Wilmeth
I read this book years ago, misplaced that copy, bought this copy to check some details relating to John Dean's actions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by hazel
Excellent coverage of who knew what and when - enjoying the book,Published 9 months ago by Andrea Green
This is a landmark book that will serve as a Watergate reference for future researchers for years to come. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael Thurman