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The Haldeman Diaries

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  112 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When H.R. Haldeman died, he left behind a chronicle of the four years he was Chief of Staff for President Nixon. His diaries offer a fascinating portrait of the major events of this era, including the Cambodia bombings, the Kent State killings, the fall of Spiro Agnew, the Watergate scandal and new insights on Richard Nixon. 8-page photo insert.
Paperback, 854 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Berkley (first published 1994)
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The only real drawback--and it is unfortunately a LARGE one--is that the book contains a very sketchy list of players at the start. I mean, I've read a fair amount about this stuff, and I was getting frequently lost. Your only hope was to look up the name in the index, turn to the first appearance and hope that the individual's identity was provided in italics; this proved to be rather a forlorn hope much of the time. The oral history of Nixon's White House was much better in this regard. Also j ...more
This book taught me more about politics than any other. Haldeman was Nixon's Chief of Staff. In his thorough and painfully honest diaries, he set down an insider's account of the White House.

The cynicism behind the rherotic, the realpolitik behind the politics, the infighting within the administration, the personalities behind the personae: it's all here in living color.

It's odd how jarring and revelatory a small dose of candor can be in the world politics.

These diaries were clearly never meant
With the 2012 election fast approaching, I have been reading material that gives behind the scenes insight into politics at the Executive level. This book written by the Chief of Staff for the Nixon administration seemed like it would be an enjoyable read, but it wasn't. As stated in the title, it is the "diaries" of the author. At many times it contains fragmented thoughts and introspections that lack details. I got through 226 pages before I decided that this book's best purpose is for the sak ...more
You almost feel sorry for Halderman. It appears Nixon used H's hardass persona for his own good.
Who can read this stuff? Daily diaries of "The Brush" an obsessive control freak in the Nixon White House. Hard-core holier than thou righty. You can use these diary entries to deconstruct the Nixon intrique, if you trust that he didn't doctor them before publication. I don't. He kept his mouth shut until the grave.
Jun 28, 2007 Ira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hunter Thompson
Inisder's account on Nixon's time in office from his Chief of Staff. Haldeman kept a diary for every day he served the President, including the days history will remember the most. Nothing about Watergate was edited out apparently.
Seemed pretty boring to me, unless you're really interested in this era and topic.
Jim Golden
Interesting Diary of Hadelman's entire time as RMN's Chief of Staff!
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Too much detail to read. Didn't finish.
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