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The Palace Guard

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published 1974 by Harper & Row Publishers (NY et al.)
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Machiavelli wrote "The first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the men that he has about him."

Dan Rather the eminent CBS news correspondent was the only American TV star who directly confronted Richard Nixon face to face, during his presidency, with a national audience of tens of millions and did a good job. The bones of this really great read is not what happened during Watergate but why it happened. An exemplerary lesson to all public figures that the truth h
Difficult to read, if you (like me!) were born 10 years after Watergate broke. It's not (I don't think) that I'm unusually poorly versed in American history, but the book presupposes a certain familiarity with the major players that I just lacked. To that end, I think it felt more like *work* to me than it would have if I were reading this in, say, 1975.
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After reading this book, I am even more suspicious of the political games in Washington and other sites where this ilk hang out...
I truly believe the games continue with even more intrigue, pushing by the powerful and money matters run amuck.
That said, it was interesting, concise and very well written.
Actually, this book was so ungrammtical that I didn't get half through it.
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Daniel Irvin Rather, Jr. is a former news anchor for the CBS Evening News and is now managing editor and anchor of a television news magazine, Dan Rather Reports, on the cable channel HDNet. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from March 9, 1981 to March 9, 2005. He also contributed to CBS' 60 Minutes. Rather left CBS Evening News in 2005 and the network itself in 2006. On Sept ...more
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