As widely reported and analyzed as the Watergate break-in and its aftermath have been, controversies still remain-from the notorious 18 ½-minute gap in the Nixon recordings to the fundamental question of what Nixon really knew and when he knew it. Surprisingly, the primary source material for the true story of Nixon's role in Watergate his secret recordings have never been fully examined. Based on these never-before-released secret White House recordings, former White House Counsel and New York Times bestselling author John W. Dean draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide definitive answers. He presents a record of the Nixon White House confronting the revelation of the break-in, strategizing its defense, and ultimately facing its downfall because of its lies. And he shares a stunning portrait of Nixon and his aides, along with the cynicism, paranoia, and vindictiveness that were so often the driving forces of the president and his inner circle.
John Dean shows how the disastrous mistakes of Watergate could have been avoided and offers a cautionary tale for our own time.
About the Author:
John W. Dean was legal counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony lead to Nixon's resignation. In 2006, Dean testified before the Senate Judiciary Commit-tee investigating George W. Bushs NSA warrant-less wiretap program. He teaches a popular continuing education course for attorneys drawing on the lessons of Watergate, and his legal/political commentary at Justia.com is widely read. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Blind Ambition, Broken Government, Conservatives Without Conscience and Worse Than Watergate.