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Emboldened Chimp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 08:33 PM
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Attention political junkies! Need help finding a book!
I'm looking to find a good book on the inner workings of the Nixon White House. Any suggestions?
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Monkey see Monkey Do Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:00 PM
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1. A couple of suggestions:
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 09:03 PM by Monkey see Monkey Do
"The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon Whitehouse" by Seymour Hersh is absolutely stunning, though obviously the focus is on the State Dept / NSC rather than the whole Halderman/Ehrlichman thang.

Of course, Woodward & Bernstein's "The Final Days" gets right in there as it all fell down (although as with all Woodward books, it's unsourced & Al Haig's input is rather large).

Anthony Summer's "The Arrogance of Power" is an interesting Nixon bio & covers the Whitehouse from his POV, & angling for the more controversial aspects, picks up Nixon's paranoia & his serious mental instability towards the end.

Stanley Kutler's two books "The Wars of Watergate" & "Abuse of Power" are excellent academic studies, focusing in large part on material gained from the Nixon tapes.

(Also, I recommend reading "Silent Coup" for an interesting, though questionable, revisionist version of Watergate looking squarely at the role of Dean and Haig (though the stuff on the military spy ring is excellent. -- & add to that, Jim Hougan's "Secret Agenda")

Of course, there's also Halderman's "Ends of Power", Ehrlichman's "Witness to Power", Nixon's "RN", Kissinger's "The White House Years" & "Years of Upheaval" (and here I must confess not being able to stomach the full 3000 pages of HK's tomes!) & not to mention the hundreds of books written by Watergate players from Jaworski, to Dean thru Gordon Liddy's hilarious "Will" to James Mccord's ultra-religious rambling "A Piece of Tape".

I've been told that Leonard Garment (who took over from Dean)'s "Crazy Rhythm" is a great read, but am yet to come by a cheap version over here in the UK!

Anyway, that's what comes too mind -- of course, you also can't beat Hunter Thompson's "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" & Tim Crouse's "Boys on the Bus" for some great campaign stories plus (authors whose names escape me "The Selling of the President" & "The Making of the President" for lots of back room campaign madness.

This is probably a little bit too tangentical for what you were after, but if I was to recommend one it would be Hersh's book on Kissinger beacuse -- although it does have its controversy, isn't all inclusive, & is obviously lagging well behind on all the stuff that's been declassified since in my mind it really nails the Nixon White House.

Hope this is of some help.
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