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416 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 1980
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 well-deserved prison sentence by resigning as President in exchange for a Presidential Pardon from the unelected lackey Gerald Ford (who was appointed to replace Nixon's original Vice President Spiro Agnew after Agnew resigned his office in the face of felony corruption charges to which he pled “no contest”). Liddy had no such leverage, so he spent many well-earned years in prison.
This is Liddy having Liddy's own say. The story and the character are both repugnant and repulsive. Sadly, after the 2016 presidential election, Nixon's (and Liddy's) crimes seem like small potatoes when compared with the wholesale criminal contempt for the law which has been demonstrated almost daily by the current administration and administrators.
One thing that distinguished Richard Nixon from G. Gordon Liddy: Richard Nixon was immortalized as a caricature when he famously made the claim, “I am not a crook.” G. Gordon Liddy never even bothered to try to deny what he was.
Whew. It felt necessary to disinfect my hands thoroughly when I shelved this book.
My rating: 7/10, finished 9/19/20 (3463).