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Watergate Exposed: How the President of the United States and the Watergate Burglars Were Set Up As Told to Douglas Caddy, Original Attorney for the Watergate Seven Paperback – April 1, 2011
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book was about Nixon or Watergate. It was a waste of $14.00 to pay to read this book. I
was totally upset after reading the book to see that the title of this book has so little
to do with Watergate. Robert Merritt may have been an undercover agent for a crooked DC police
officer and he committed many crimes and the only thing about Watergate is he heard that
the break-in was going to happen before it happened. Nixon and the Watergate burglars were not
set up! They committed their crimes and tried to cover it up. This book is a farce and the
title is misleading. I read the whole book looking for the set up. It never happened.
It is a joke. Just a story about an undercover agent committing many crimes and nothing to
do with the Watergate burglars. Don't buy it; you will learn nothing about Watergate.
This book does not add anything new from what we already know about Watergate. The main revelation of this book is that a transgender PBX switchboard operator, a friend of Merritt, the main protagonist of this book, told him two weeks before the fact that the offices of Larry O'Brien at the Watergate Complex would be broken into, and that therefore Nixon was "set up." As tantalizing and satisfactory as this may sound at first blush, on closer examination it this "expose" falls.
First, there is no historical dispute that the Watergate Burglers had tried and failed to break into the Watergate offices many times previous to the actual burglary which occurred on June 17. As historical fact the plumbers attempted a break-in on May 28, a few days before Merritt was informed by "Rita," his transgender friend, of the break-in on June 1. The fact that Merritt may have found out about the break in on June 1 is therefore not a compelling revelation. Did Merritt find out about the failed attempt or the one that is about to occur? This is not clarified and sounds better than it really was.
Second, about Nixon being "set up." People forget that Nixon was not going to be impeached for planning the Watergate burglary. That and the other various crimes was the work of CREEP, the Committee to RE-Elect the President -- Hunt, Libby, MacCord, Rodriguez, et al. ---- an acronym I always thought was too appropriate. The Articles of Impeachment for Nixon consisted of Obstruction of Justice and conspiracy to cover up the crimes after they were committed. Nixon was not set up by the burglary, but by trying to cover up the burglary and many other crimes. He was "set up" by his paranoias, mistrust, machinations, and ... by just being Nixon. He was, remember, a vilified, disliked politician, not just after Watergate but all during his political life. When he spoke, he just looked like he was not telling the truth, which is not how you want to come across when you're attempting damage control of a major political scandal. Ulitmately, Nixon was a prisoner of his own human frailties and defects and if anyone "set" him up, it was himself..
A good part of this book consists of the narrative of Merritts life. It would have made more interesting reading had he come across as a more sympatric character. Remember he is a CI, and made from the same mold as the burglers themselves. Hunt, Libby and the rest are all graduates from governmental spy agencies most of us have never heard of. His credibility is therefore questionable. Merritt relates how he had moral objections to the many crimes and misdemeanors he was ordered to committed. But in the end, he did what he was ordered, and was handsomely rewarded for it.
I would really give this book NO STARS but AMazon would not publish this review unless I gave it at least one star. There is precious little of the that book actually deals with Watergate and the bombshell Merritt has kept secret for so long. If Merritt had written about Watergate with as much detail and fervor he had in describing his sordid, tawdry affair with Schoeffler, or of the others on the street, it would have been a worthwhile book and worth the money. What posssible relevance does his personal life have to the Watergate saga? Unless I'm missing something, Nothing. The facts about his sex life are really TMI --- Too Much Information. Frankly, this book is a waste of time and money, good only for a little amusement but lacking in any legitimate historical value.