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Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  730 ratings  ·  70 reviews
From soldier to Washington insider; from a prisoner who preferred the walls of a prison rather than the betrayal of his principles; to a writer and top radio personality, G. Gordon Liddy is a hero to some, a villain to others, but always an enigma.

In 1980, G. Gordon Liddy shocked, surprised, and, ultimately, delighted the world with his vivid, brutally honest, and controve
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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John Maberry
Aug 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
This has to be one of the most hilarious, surprising and ultimately tragic books I have ever read. Far into the book I remained convinced that Liddy must have been writing a self-deprecating satire of his life just to spite all the liberals, Nixon-haters and antiwar protestors of the Watergate era. Who would brag about tying himself to a tree in a lightning storm to overcome his fears? Who would describe choosing his spouse in major part for her strong Teutonic stock? Who extoll many aspects of ...more
Kevin Cole
I know we're not supposed to like G. Gordon Liddy. Maybe if he was an idiot--as opposed to a questionable character--that would be possible. But he's not an idiot. Sorry. You may think he's a cretin, but he writes an interesting story--probably because we keep expecting him to be evil, as opposed to just plain interesting.
I don't think Liddy's a natural writer. Some portions of this memoir have the whiff of editor-pressure, like the overlong chapter of Special Agent Liddy arresting Timothy Leary
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Erik Graff
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: weaklings
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
I spent the summer of the major Watergate revelations in a Michigan cabin with my brother and a close friend. Having no television, we followed the news by radio and the press, purchasing copies of both Newsweek and Time weekly. It was delightful.

Of the Watergate creeps, G. Gordon Liddy was the most overtly unapologetic, Colson converting to a convenient Christianity, Dean converting to probity (his books are actually interesting, but his character was, and may still be, suspect), Agnew pleading
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Checkman
Well that was interesting. I'm not sure how much of this book is factual and how much is fiction. There are parts that I believe to be pure fabrication. Such as the sections where Liddy claims to have taken on the role of the Neighborhood Regulator. I didn't buy that part. I've been a cop for over thirteen years and anyone engaging in those types of activities would get the cops called on them.....even forty years ago. Possibly some wish fulfillment there. However ,while I advise reading those s ...more
Larry
Apr 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Guilty Pleasure. Hey, John Lennon read this book too!
Robert Federline
This autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy is one of the best, and probably most authoritative printed works to come out of the Watergate Scandal from the Nixon administration.

If you are not a conspiracy theorist before you read this book, you will almost certainly be one by the time you finish. For those who remember Watergate, instead of learning about it in a history class in school, G. Gordon Liddy was the man who would not talk. He finally does talk, in this book, only because, in his own words,
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Dell Deaton
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there's a single-best resource for understanding "Watergate" and its key tangents, this is it.

My reading copy of Will: The Autobiography of G Gordon Liddy, appears to be a first edition from 1980. I remember having bought it in 1981, and subsequently began working my way though the major Watergate tomes by participants, individuals caught-up in the cover-up, and so-called objective media of the time.

Not one surpases this book by Mr Liddy.

In casting it as an autobiography, G Gordon Liddy had t
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Arminius
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It is the story of a man’s loyalty to a president who must resign due to his cover up of his overzealous staff. It is a fascinating tale that starts with G. Gordon Liddy’s childhood. He was afraid of everything. He went to bed praying until he fell asleep because he feared what would happen if he did not pray enough. He decides that this is a way that he does not want to live. So he decides to conquer all his fears by facing them. For example, he was afraid of heights and lightening so during a ...more
Dan W
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people harbor animosity for Mr. Liddy's political views. Say waht you like about his beliefs, but the this book is a classic tale of courage, conviction, hard work, and resolve. Mr. Liddy has a fascinating history, many authors might wwrite an entire book about only one of the aspects of this book, Mr. Liddy has lived them all. While it is hard to swallow some of his beliefs, he represents what is missing today in the U.S.A.; hard work and determination. This is an inspiring tale of what ma ...more
David Ward
Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy by G. Gordon Liddy (St. Martin's Press 1980, 1996) (Biography) (3463).

We baby boomers know G. Gordon Liddy as one of the slimiest of the Watergate criminals. Younger readers may recognize his name from a later stint as a right-wing radio talk show host. This is the career he adopted for a time after completing his years-long prison sentence for the illegal services he performed at the behest of the Nixon administration. Nixon managed to slither out of a

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Gary Daly
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Open minded people
Recommended to Gary by: MeMyself&I
I have always heard this name mentioned in the whirlpool of 1960s and 1970s American politics. The 'Nixon' association, spies, wire tapping, cash for so called 'black ops'. This memoir of G.Gordon Liddy is fairy wrapped as tight as a bovine's anus. Did I enjoy it? To a point I did. I was curious at this man's journey from childhood to prison. His passion for confronting his fears the cowardliness he felt was like a parasite sucking his life force. So from an early age this short tough man develo ...more
John Harder
G Gordan Liddy orchestrated the Watergate and Ellsberg break-ins. Will is Liddy’s autobiography. Liddy is forthright throughout the book and he unapologetically details his role in his crimes. His admissions are not confessions, however – he is damn proud of what he did and one feels that given the opportunity he would do them again. America was in the midst of cultural rot (I concur) and any means (I do not concur) of deterring the rot justified his actions.

Will gives an interesting moral persp
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Thomas Radigan
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whatever you think of G. Gordon Liddy, you will find his story fascinating. He tells little about politics and nothing about Nixon, but concentrates on his growing up from being a sickly, cowardly child to slowly but surely strengthening himself as he grew up. He also talks about his changing political and religious views over his lifetime.

Having served in the military (though not in combat duty) and graduating from college, Liddy first joined the FBI, but had to leave it to make more money when
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Mark
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
An intriguing book about a fascinating, self absorbed, self worshipping, self flagellating zealot. G. Gordon Liddy so loathed his own perceived weaknesses that he spent his life trying to obliterate any trace of them. The end result was a character so flawed and driven and emotionally bankrupt as to resemble a car crash that one cannot stop looking at. He LOVED the Nazis. He quoted them continually - even in presentations to the White House. He refused to talk because he didn't want to surrender ...more
Calvin Dean
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at a department store where Liddy was holding a book signing. 33 years later, I still have the autographed copy. My favorite memory from this book: Realizing the end was near, Liddy approached the president's inner circle and told them that he would be on a particular street corner at a particular time of day if they wanted to rub him out. Liddy was willing to swallow the bitter pill for getting caught. In the early 2000's, I don't recall the exact year, I was listening to Lid ...more
Richard
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Written by a man who was obsessed with being the top of the pecking order. The need for control and dominance is a symptom of metal toxicity (manganese). If Mr. Liddy had not been in law enforcement, he would have made a very serious criminal.
To be the toughest, meanest and willing to endure the most pain is typical of seriously compromised constitution. The need for an ordered, regimented and disciplined environment is essential to make this kind of personality successful.
Cordell
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
G Gordon Liddy is a colorful part of american histroy and this book is as candid as an author gets about himself. Very interesting comments on watergate (Much of which has now been verified with revelations from court cases etc since the printing of Will) the FBI, the Army and the Washington DC Jail system. I liked it a lot and I think I learned a lot as well.
Don Stanton
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you were a teenager in the 60's-70's this is a must read. WATERGATE was a huge topic then and still now. This the best book I have ever read that goes into such amazing detail.
It's also biographic of Liddy who is a man's man.
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MisterFweem
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The guy is nuts. Absolutely nuts. But compelling nuts. The portion of the book where he describes his time in jail? Priceless. Oozing with machismo, which is what you'd expect. More here. http://www.misterfweem.blogspot.com/2... ...more
Glenn Webb
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book in college, I really changed my mind out conservatives and folks that protect us. G. Gordon is one of my heroes. He may have broken the law, but don't judge until you read the book. ...more
Shawn
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
G Gordon Liddy is an interesting character. I must admit that I admire him in many ways. He may have been a "yes man" to Nixon back in his younger days, but he is certainly his own man now and I appreciate his willingness to question our government today. ...more
Art
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
G. Gordon Liddy has been a lawyer, FBI agent, criminal, actor, and conservative radio talk show host. In this well-written book, Liddy details his childhood, work for the FBI, the Watergate break-in, life in prison, and his general outlook on the world. An enjoyable book to read!
Karma
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nikki
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating book by a man you might not think you want to read about.
Xenophon Hendrix
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liddy has a sense of humor, and a strange thing about this book is the reader finds himself liking the guy.
Lyn
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great Watergate tell all, a fascinating biography and well written at that. Say what you will about Liddy, but this was a great book.
Nikki
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I hate reading autobiographies but I loved this one! Love G. Gordon. Great book.
Laura
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i picked this up at a Young Republican event at Gtown University, then spoke to Mr. Liddy afterwards. He is a wonderful storyteller!!
Craig Earnshaw
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An incredible autobiography by a unique man who holds back nothing and an incredible peek behind the scenes of one of our most turbulent periods. A MUST READ!
Kevin Crow
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
G. Gordon Liddy's picture should be next to the phrase "self discipline" in the dictionary. Amazing read. ...more
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George Gordon Battle Liddy , known as G. Gordon Liddy, was a U.S. Army veteran former FBI agent, lawyer, talk show host, actor, and figure in the Watergate scandal as the chief operative in the White House Plumbers unit during the Nixon Administration. Liddy was convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping for his role in the scandal.

Working alongside Howard Hunt, Liddy organized an
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