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Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy

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From soldier to Washington insider; from a prisoner who preferred the walls of a prison rather than the betrayal of his principles; to a writer and top radio personality, G. Gordon Liddy is a hero to some, a villain to others, but always an enigma.

In 1980, G. Gordon Liddy shocked, surprised, and, ultimately, delighted the world with his vivid, brutally honest, and controve...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Erik Graff
Aug 05, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: weaklings
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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I spent the summer of the major Watergate revelations in a Michigan cabin with my brother and a close friend. Having no television, we followed the news by radio and the press, purchasing copies of both Newsweek and Time weekly. It was delightful.

Of the Watergate creeps, G. Gordon Liddy was the most overtly unapologetic, Colson converting to a convenient Christianity, Dean converting to probity (his books are actually interesting, but his character was, and may still be, suspect), Agnew pleading...more
John Maberry
This has to be one of the most hilarious, surprising and ultimately tragic books I have ever read. Far into the book I remained convinced that Liddy must have been writing a self-deprecating satire of his life just to spite all the liberals, Nixon-haters and antiwar protestors of the Watergate era. Who would brag about tying himself to a tree in a lightning storm to overcome his fears? Who would describe choosing his spouse in major part for her strong Teutonic stock? Who extoll many aspects of...more
Arminius
It is the story of a man’s loyalty to a president who must resign due to his cover up of his overzealous staff. It is a fascinating tale that starts with G. Gordon Liddy’s childhood. He was afraid of everything. He went to bed praying until he fell asleep because he feared what would happen if he did not pray enough. He decides that this is a way that he does not want to live. So he decides to conquer all his fears by facing them. For example, he was afraid of heights and lightening so during a...more
Robert Federline
This autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy is one of the best, and probably most authoritative printed works to come out of the Watergate Scandal from the Nixon administration.

If you are not a conspiracy theorist before you read this book, you will almost certainly be one by the time you finish. For those who remember Watergate, instead of learning about it in a history class in school, G. Gordon Liddy was the man who would not talk. He finally does talk, in this book, only because, in his own words,...more
Calvin Dean
I bought this book at a department store where Liddy was holding a book signing. 33 years later, I still have the autographed copy. My favorite memory from this book: Realizing the end was near, Liddy approached the president's inner circle and told them that he would be on a particular street corner at a particular time of day if they wanted to rub him out. Liddy was willing to swallow the bitter pill for getting caught. In the early 2000's, I don't recall the exact year, I was listening to Lid...more
Dan W
Many people harbor animosity for Mr. Liddy's political views. Say waht you like about his beliefs, but the this book is a classic tale of courage, conviction, hard work, and resolve. Mr. Liddy has a fascinating history, many authors might wwrite an entire book about only one of the aspects of this book, Mr. Liddy has lived them all. While it is hard to swallow some of his beliefs, he represents what is missing today in the U.S.A.; hard work and determination. This is an inspiring tale of what ma...more
Kevin Cole
I know we're not supposed to like G. Gordon Liddy. Maybe if he was an idiot--as opposed to a questionable character--that would be possible. But he's not an idiot. Sorry. You may think he's a cretin, but he writes an interesting story--probably because we keep expecting him to be evil, as opposed to just plain interesting.
I don't think Liddy's a natural writer. Some portions of this memoir have the whiff of editor-pressure, like the overlong chapter of Special Agent Liddy arresting Timothy Leary...more
Larry
Guilty Pleasure. Hey, John Lennon read this book too!
John Harder
G Gordan Liddy orchestrated the Watergate and Ellsberg break-ins. Will is Liddy’s autobiography. Liddy is forthright throughout the book and he unapologetically details his role in his crimes. His admissions are not confessions, however – he is damn proud of what he did and one feels that given the opportunity he would do them again. America was in the midst of cultural rot (I concur) and any means (I do not concur) of deterring the rot justified his actions.

Will gives an interesting moral persp...more
Gary Daly
Oct 30, 2012 Gary Daly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Open minded people
Recommended to Gary by: MeMyself&I
I have always heard this name mentioned in the whirlpool of 1960s and 1970s American politics. The 'Nixon' association, spies, wire tapping, cash for so called 'black ops'. This memoir of G.Gordon Liddy is fairy wrapped as tight as a bovine's anus. Did I enjoy it? To a point I did. I was curious at this man's journey from childhood to prison. His passion for confronting his fears the cowardliness he felt was like a parasite sucking his life force. So from an early age this short tough man develo...more
Checkman
Well it was interesting. I'm not sure how much of this book is factual and how much is fiction. There are parts that I think are pure fabrication. Especially the sections where he claims to have taken on the role of the Neighborhood Regulator. I didn't buy that part. I've been a cop for over thirteen years and anyone engaging in those types of activities would get the cops called on them.....even forty years ago. Possibly some wish fulfillment there. However while I advise reading those sections...more
Art
G. Gordon Liddy has been a lawyer, FBI agent, criminal, actor, and conservative radio talk show host. In this well-written book, Liddy details his childhood, work for the FBI, the Watergate break-in, life in prison, and his general outlook on the world. An enjoyable book to read!
Kate
Liddy is crazy, but smart (to a point) and tells a fascinating story that cries out for another fact check.
Richard
Written by a man who was obsessed with being the top of the pecking order. The need for control and dominance is a symptom of metal toxicity (manganese). If Mr. Liddy had not been in law enforcement, he would have made a very serious criminal.
To be the toughest, meanest and willing to endure the most pain is typical of seriously compromised constitution. The need for an ordered, regimented and disciplined environment is essential to make this kind of personality successful.
JP
You can say he was unethical and you can say he is severe, but Liddy clearly gets the job done -- whatever it is. Starting with his weakly childhood, the "G-Man" explains how he overcame his own fear and went on to a notable career with the FBI, a New York DA's office, and a major law firm. Taking all the responsibility and none of the glory as the intelligence lead of CREEP, Liddy eventually served time in prison as a result of 9 felony charges, including Contempt of Congress.
Andrew Scholes
If you look in the dictionary under Egomaniac, you will see a picture of G. Gordon Liddy. I understand autobiographies are filled with what the author did and what he thinks of himself, but, really? Liddy is definitely over the top in the opinion of himself. I need to look at some of the text in the Macgruder autobiography to remember what he says of Liddy and of GEMSTONE.
Cordell
G Gordon Liddy is a colorful part of american histroy and this book is as candid as an author gets about himself. Very interesting comments on watergate (Much of which has now been verified with revelations from court cases etc since the printing of Will) the FBI, the Army and the Washington DC Jail system. I liked it a lot and I think I learned a lot as well.
James Ryssman
Adolescent machismo fantasy rantings of a self-absorbed megalomaniac. Points given for providing a different perspective, but like listening to a tweeny talking about a subject with more emphasis than is appropriate takes a great deal of patience. Also remarkable that even knuckle-draggers can write in complete sentences.
MisterFweem
The guy is nuts. Absolutely nuts. But compelling nuts. The portion of the book where he describes his time in jail? Priceless. Oozing with machismo, which is what you'd expect. More here. http://www.misterfweem.blogspot.com/2...
Shawn
G Gordon Liddy is an interesting character. I must admit that I admire him in many ways. He may have been a "yes man" to Nixon back in his younger days, but he is certainly his own man now and I appreciate his willingness to question our government today.
Don Stanton
If you were a teenager in the 60's-70's this is a must read. WATERGATE was a huge topic then and still now. This the best book I have ever read that goes into such amazing detail.
It's also biographic of Liddy who is a man's man.
Glenn Webb
After reading this book in college, I really changed my mind out conservatives and folks that protect us. G. Gordon is one of my heroes. He may have broken the law, but don't judge until you read the book.
Thomas Lang
An amazing book about the power of your mind to overcome obstacles. Also happens to be the mastermind for the watergate scandals with good insider information.
Amy Wolf
What you get out of this book is that Liddy is a lunatic: a man who eats rats & chooses his wife based upon her potential gene pool. No wonder Nixon loved him!
Craig Earnshaw
An incredible autobiography by a unique man who holds back nothing and an incredible peek behind the scenes of one of our most turbulent periods. A MUST READ!
Cynthia
I never thought I would enjoy reading about Watergate, or about a completely extremist oddball... but it was an extremely fascinating read.
Steven
This guy's psychotic. But the book is good reading. I'm just glad that I borrowed it from the library and didn't put any royalties into his pocket.
Laura
i picked this up at a Young Republican event at Gtown University, then spoke to Mr. Liddy afterwards. He is a wonderful storyteller!!
Lyn
A great Watergate tell all, a fascinating biography and well written at that. Say what you will about Liddy, but this was a great book.
Xenophon Hendrix
Liddy has a sense of humor, and a strange thing about this book is the reader finds himself liking the guy.
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Rightwing american radio talk show host and actor.

Liddy is considered to be one of the masterminds of what was later exposed as the watergate scandal. Liddy was sentenced 20 years in prison. But was pardonned by president Jim Carter after four and a half years.

After his time in prison Liddy became an rightwing radio talk show host, actor and political strategist. In 1980 he wrote his autobiograph...more
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