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Silent Coup: The Removal of a President

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This important political history throws out all previously accepted views of Watergate & reveals the personal motives & secret political goals that combined to cause the downfall of Richard M. Nixon.
"A careful, meticulously sourced & reported exhumation of some of this country's foulest secrets."--Village Voice.
Hardcover, 525 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by St Martins Press (NYC)
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Erik Graff
Jul 31, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
This is a rather unusual take on the removal of Richard Nixon. The authors assign primary responsibility to the Joint Chiefs of Staff who were cut out of the normal decision-making loop by Nixon and Henry Kissinger as regards a number of policies, most notably the secret dealings with Peoples' China. The implications of this hypothesis are interesting as Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter substantially responsible for breaking the Watergate story, a navy intelligence officer during his t ...more
Andrew Scholes
Feb 28, 2013 Andrew Scholes rated it liked it
OK, John Dean ordered the break in at the Watergate because his girlfriend, soon to be wife, was part of a call girl ring being run out of the DNC and he wanted to hear what was going on. Al Haig was Deep Throat and worked in his own best interest to get President Nixon removed. I never heard all of that before and although the other books I read (Haldeman's, Erlichman's, Sirica's, Jaworski's etc.) mentioned nothing about those items, they all did hate Dean and Magruder and weren't real thrilled ...more
Jan 26, 2014 John rated it did not like it
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It is surprising that anyone even remembers this book from 1991, which passed off the authors' fringe-conspiracy theory on Watergate as mainstream history. The authors endeavored to deflect any blame for Watergate away from Nixon or his top aides, and instead argued that White House counsel John Dean was the "mastermind" behind the 1972 break-in due to Dean's own paranoia about possibly being implicated in some prostitution scandal brewing at the Democratic National HQ. As the kids say, "lol wut ...more
Ralph Roe
Nov 07, 2014 Ralph Roe rated it liked it
This is a well researched book, they interviewed over 150 involved participants in Watergate, compared testimony to the Senate at the time, and reviewed countless documents.

It is hard for me to re-live Watergate, even painful. However, the authors clearly proved that John Dean was the initiator of Watergate and the key person in the coverup, although at the time he was portrayed as a whistleblower. He comes across as a liar who made up meetings, and made up conversations, as well as invoking the
Apr 16, 2014 Todd rated it really liked it
A very well-researched, sourced, and articulated revisionist history of the Pentagon Papers/Watergate scandals of the Nixon administration. Colodny and Gettlin spare no one, not only within the administration, but even among its detractors, in particular, Bob Woodward. Their telling of the narrative tends toward relieving Nixon and John Mitchell, while especially blaming John Dean and Alexander Haig.

The weakest part of the authors' argument is the Woodward-Haig connection; specifically, the part
Bruce Glassman
Nov 29, 2014 Bruce Glassman rated it did not like it
Never finished reading. Not too interesting. Wasn't worth finishing.
Peter Sheward
Aug 15, 2014 Peter Sheward rated it really liked it
Different perspective on why the break in was orchestrated, and more on the cover up then what I've read to this point.
Aug 24, 2010 Ed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
I finished this audio cassette investigative book by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin on 4/11/2007. It was hard for me to follow because it was complex and there are a lot of characters as anyone that lived through Watergate will attest. If you are an avid history buff, then yes, this is your book. It did help me to understand that Nixon had many chances to survive Watergate because he really did not know anything about the break-in until well after it occurred, and he made some poor crucial choic ...more
Bob Winter
Oct 10, 2010 Bob Winter rated it liked it
Not everything turned out as this book predicted (e.g., Al Haig wasn't Deep Throat), but some of the background information is still fascinating--like owlish John Dean of the Watergate hearings actually being the administration's playboy, his gorgeous wife having a friend who appears to have been a call girl, and the possibility that John Dean himself may have planted the idea for the Watergate break-in in Nixon's mind, as a way to get information on a call girl ring based there that may have se ...more
Sep 24, 2007 Lonnie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Watergate buffs
The book presents a thorough and sometimes tedious case against Watergate snitch John Dean. It was Dean who orchestrated the break-ins in order to get the files in the DNC offices that would reveal his girlfriend, later wife, as a high-priced call girl. Considering the confusion as to why the Plumbers went into the DNC offices twice rather than go after McGovern or Muskie offices, the authors make an interesting case. Also fun for conspiracy theorists.
Jan 16, 2009 Thomas rated it it was amazing
To me this was a fascinating book. It outlines much what happened in the watergate scandal without regards to politics. It does not make show Nixon as innocent, but does make revelations that make his actions more understandable.

It also effective shows the sleazy (in some cases very literaly) actions both parties used to gain and maintain power.

Buried in details. Not easy to follow the trail, and I lived through this stuff. Frankly, the thesis is a stretch and reads more like neo-con sour grapes. It simply cannot be supported that the Nixon removal was a coup, unless you suspend all reason. The coup might have been by his own inner circle if at all.
Erik Kalm
Feb 18, 2008 Erik Kalm rated it it was amazing
This book is scary good. A lot about the whole Watergate situation just never made a lot of sense to me. Always felt that there were some pieces missing. This is the book that makes it make sense. A truly great read.
Jul 10, 2008 Cordell rated it really liked it
Excellent Book. I really enjoyed it, but it also shows just how dangerous and deceptive the government is. Thomas Pain was right. The less government we have the better.
Nov 04, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
There is alot of info in this book that wasn't publicized at the time
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