Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture
A Washington Post Best Book of 2010
A Denver Post Best Book of 2010
A Kansas City Star Best Book of 2010
Poisoning the Press recounts the bitter quarter-century battle between the postwar eraâ€™s most contentious politician and its most reviled newsman. The struggle between Richard Nixon and Jack Anderson included bribery, blackmail, burglary, spying, and sexual smears
I used to read the Merry-Go-Round column as well as Maxine Cheshire's society column (now there's a ripe subject for a book)in the Washington Post when Drew Pearson wrote it and then Jack Anderson took the reins. There was no CNN then. If you really wanted to know w ...more
A wonderfully research ...more
Its not every American politician who seriously asks his subordinates to find a way to kill a pesky journalist without getting caught. But then not every American politician has the likes of G. Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt on the payroll.
Jack Anderson's interactions with Richard Nixon when back over a decade by the early 1970s. His serious journalistic career began when started working with the columnist Drew Pearson in the late 1940s. He and Pearson revealed just before the 1960 election tha...more
The man is straight out of Shakespeare -- sometimes Iago, sometimes Lear, sometimes (in his better, if increasingly rare, moments) Prince Hal himself. (Never Falstaff, though.) Nobody doubts his brilliance or cunning, but oh, what venality. He could never get over the contempt he had for the kinds of people LBJ called "the Harvards" -- those golden boys who effortlessly controlled the levers of power and sneered at awkward ladder-climbers like Richard Nixon.
Whenever I read about abuses by the FBI and CIA, I'm always struck by how absurd and incompetent they often are. It is always important to remember, though, that they are also very, very serious things. Those thoughts came to mind for me reading about the Nixon administration's plo ...more
This is a fascinating look at the return of muckraking journalism in the Nixon era and shows how Jack Anderson's Mormon worldview helped propel him forward in zealously exposing the abuses of power in Washington. It doesn't treat Anderson as a saint, however and shows that noble pursuit ...more