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Preview — Write it When I'm Gone by Thomas M. Defrank
Write it When I'm Gone
In 1974, award-winning journalist and author Thomas ...more
Jerry Ford is a human being cum laude, a down-to-earth, earnest, genuinely likable guy with an infectious laugh and not the slightest hint of pretentiousness.
There was some nice narrative-style analysis of the unique position in which Ford found himself, including a nice little tidbit from William Safire (totally forgot that he had a career in politics ...more
"I'm a Ford, not a Lincoln" - Gerald Ford
Sometimes you just have to take one for the team. Gerald Ford knows that more than most. In the wake of the Watergate scandal, someone needed to step in and calm the country down. Ford was that guy. The perfect guy for that really. He wasn't showy or flashy, he was a horrible public speaker and he was clumsy (like insanely clumsy).
Ford's first major act as President was to unconditionally pardon Richard Nixon ...more
Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford
By Thomas M. DeFrank
Hardcover. 2007. 258 pp. Putnam.
As I mentioned prominently in my review of Bob Greene's "Fraternity", what interests me primarily about the Presidents and the Presidency is not policy, politics, or administrative accomplishments, but the personality of the individuals who have held the most powerful office in the world. All of those other things DO i
"At 12:30 in the morning, he exited the press room... I thought he looked like a man with the world's weight still on his broad shoulders. Just before he disappeared into the residence, he turned to an aide and posed a quest ...more
Unless you're a huge Ford fan, I'd pass on this o ...more
Gerald Ford was very open and talked about his views on the presidents who followed him. He was very biter towards Carter and had wanted to run against him again in 1980. His advisers had told him tha ...more
In an extraordinary series of private interviews, conducted over 16 years with the stipulation that they not be released until after Gerald Ford's death,
the 38th president of the United States reveals a profoundly different side of himself: funny, reflective, gossipy, strikingly candid, and the stuff of
DeFrank portrays Ford as an honest, honorable man, which he was. But he author glosses over some powerful exceptions where Ford was blinded by his allegiance to the Republican party. Two were extremely notable.... Ford never once looked Nixon in the eye and asked him, "Did you do it?" Obviously Ford wanted to continu ...more
Regardless of an ...more
Not remembering much about Ford myself, I learned a lot about him. He swam twice a day, 10 laps most of his working life, religiously up into his last year of life when he was swimming a couple of laps each time. Ford was a congressman beginn ...more
"Write it When I'm Gone" is not a biography nor an autobiography, but simply conversations that President Ford had with a reporter off the record throughout the vice-presidency, presidency, and into retirement. Conversations that o ...more
The relationship they maintained lasted until the end of Ford's long life.
This story didn't contain any "smoking guns" or sensationalist revelations, especially compared to the instant news, conspiracy theorist mecca that is the internet these days.
Instead, Defrank shows us, through hi ...more
It's hard to say anything too terrible about it. It's not that exciting, however, it is a good insight to President Ford's character. Having been born in 1969, I really don't remember his time in office. I wanted to learn more about him.....so, did I learn something? Yes...he seemed l ...more
tely it a was a case of "too little, Too late." The book explains that part of the blame could actually be placed on James Schlesinger, who the author alleges was ordered by Ford to start evacuation four or five days earlier than ...more