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Witness To Power: The Nixon Years
John Erlichman's insider's account of the Nixon presidency. Very transparent and frank. The Watergate scandal and resignation of Nixon. US Executive branch history.
Paperback, 405 pages
Published November 15th 1982 by Pocket Books
(first published February 26th 1982)
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Memoirs from those involved in Watergate and the Nixon Presidency are a dicey proposition. Now, those involved in events have knowledge and insights not necessarily available from others. But, as we’re dealing with illegal and unethical activities, you can assume that the author is trying to look as good as he possibly can. John Ehrlichman writes a very interesting biography that gives an inside look at the Nixon White House. In fact, Watergate is just a relatively minor portion of this book. An ...more
This book is basically well written but is telling in ways I doubt that Ehrlichman intended. He spends much time attempting to counter public perception and paint himself as an efficient, yet less than ideologically rabid, "Nixon loyalist". I have no doubt that he was considerably less enamored of Nixon after his conviction and incarceration, but no matter how hard he tried in the book and other attempts through the years, he remained "damned" by his own voice on the tapes. He spins and spins, i ...more
Mr. Ehrlichman, who seems very bitter, denies much and blames others - especially John Dean, the Judge, and the senators on the water committee. Mr. Dean deserves much blame, but if what Mr. Ehrlichman says is true, he must've had his head in the sand. Self-delusion, selective memory, lying? Still, a good addition to my Watergate obsession. Onto the Final Days, then back to Haldeman's the ends of Power.