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Watergate, the Hidden History: Nixon, the Mafia and the CIA

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  16 reviews
While Richard Nixon's culpability for Watergate has long been established—most recently by PBS in 2003—what's truly remarkable that after almost forty years, conventional accounts of the scandal still don't address Nixon’s motive. Why was President Nixon willing to risk his reelection with so many repeated burglaries at the Watergate—and other Washington offices—in just a ...more
Hardcover, 816 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Counterpoint (first published June 1st 2012)
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Christopher Saunders
Readers hoping from the title to learn about the Watergate scandal will be deeply disappointed. Waldron, a veteran conspiracy author, instead devotes the vast majority of this tedious, speculative to the assorted CIA-Mafia plots to murder Fidel Castro, asserting predictably that they led to the JFK Assassination and triggered Richard Nixon's own downfall due to his own involvement. The book is copiously footnoted, yet offers little new evidence that hasn't been hashed out in a million other cons ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. It never made sense to me why Nixon went to such great lengths to cover-up his involvement in a politically motivated break-in that everybody knew about anyway. And how it could lead to a possible impeachment and resignation. Always thought there had to be more to it. Learning of the existence of the CIA-Mafia dossier was a real eye-opener. And, this is the first book I've read that went into such detail about Nixon's ties to the Mafia. I recommend this book to anyone who wants ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
AKA "Consider the Mobster".
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
If you are interested in history and US politics during this era (1950’s, 60’s and 70’s), then this book may be for you, but you are going to need a lot of patience to read it word for word. For a book where the lead title is Watergate, there are huge stretches where Watergate and Richard Nixon are not even mentioned. The structure of the book is well summarized in a review (A Strange New Watergate Book) by James DiEugenio, as follows:
1. Richard Nixon is not elected president until page 403.
2. T
Robert Rifkin
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

Conspiracy theorists, take note: Lamar Waldron, who has made a veritable career out of his well-researched and well-footnoted books about various American assassinations and political events, has written a doorstop book on his theories about the Watergate scandal.

Waldron takes great pains to “prove” these theories with copious detail and sometimes endless back story. And that’s the problem with the book. While much of the material is fascinating–whether you believe it or not–a lot of the tale ge
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This intense book put meat to the skeleton of Watergate. The official version is so radically different. This version is more plausible. As the decades pass, as more relevant data is revealed, the more complete is the portrait of this US President and his contributions to the political culture. He was so crooked, from the beginning to the end. The American people are given such incomplete renderings of these people who lead us, and the people whom they influence. It's amazing what Nixon did, and ...more
Jun 30, 2012 is currently reading it
I am only about a third of the way through the book and it is amazing how involved Nixon was with the Mafia early in his political career. Makes you wonder who Obama has been working with / for???
Dan Cotter
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is obviously well researched and well sourced. But at 650 pages or so, and just tons of micro detail of all kinds of events, it is tough sledding. Lot of good evidence of Nixon's ties to the mafia and his various slush funds.
Sandy Priester
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you really want to find out about Watergate.
Find another book.
Sandra Ross
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you think you know all there is to know about Richard Nixon and Watergate from Woodward and Bernstein, think again. Written in 2012, this book shows that everything that was reported about Watergate and the whitewashing of Nixon, post-Gerald Ford, pretty much missed the mark all the way around.

What I've read about Nixon's character - or lack of it - over the years, since I was too young to really understand when he was President, has really repulsed me, but this book shows just how degenerat
Mark Stephenson
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very few of the actors in this real-life melodrama are still living but as an inveterate newspaper reader during the 60's and 70's (being a newspaper delivery person for both the Star and the Post)their public personalities are very much alive to me. Though sympathetic to some of the ideas he expressed, I couldn't bring myself to vote for President Nixon in 1972, suspecting him to be more of a careerist than a public servant. Jack Anderson, who figures prominently in the story, taught the 14 yea ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A thourough detailed look at multiple intertwined plots involving Richard Nixon throughout his long political career. The author makes a convincing case about what triggered the various Watergate burglaries. The book documents the unethical,illegal and criminal acts commtted by Nixon. He was the only sitting President who had to resign and many of his subordinates became convicted felons. Most Presidents have to deal with illegal acts committed under their administration, most being done with a ...more
Scoop Erickson
I thought I was well versed in the Nixon and Watergate conspiracy. I was wrong. I had no idea how much the Bay of Pigs drove many of his decisions and strategies through the years including, and especially, during his presidency.

Lama Waldron is an excellent researcher and investigative writer with several books to his credit about the Kennedy assassination. His scholarly approach is so meticulous it can occasionally feel like the reader is taking a college course, but it is worth the effort. Thi
Debra Daniels-zeller
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book after listening to an interview with the author and it did not disappoint. The stories are so well documented and the secrets of the CIA and Mafia kept so long; I was amazed at the influence the Mafia had on our government. The downside of this book was the repetition; it definitely could have benefited by a little more editing, but much of the information was so startling and the big link between the Kennedy assassinations made this book an interesting read.
Ellen Keener
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well documented new material Held my interest
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Could not finish.
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