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In Nixon's Web: A Year in the Crosshairs of Watergate

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The last untold story of Watergate--by the FBI director who maintained his silence for more than thirty years
 
L.Patrick Gray III was the man caught in the middle of the Watergate scandal. He was a lifelong Republican, but Richard Nixon considered him a threat. Closing in on the conspiracy, Gray became the target of one of Watergate's most shocking acts--Nixon's "smoking gu
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Times Books
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Bob
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Nixon’s Web, by the late L. Patrick Gray III, with Ed Gray (his son), is another memoir by a Watergate Era figure. I hesitate to call Gray (all uses of that name will refer to the elder) a “participant,” as he was never convicted of any wrongdoing. Of course, neither was Nixon..

Many of the major figures in Watergate have written memoirs, including G. Gordon Liddy, John Dean, Jeb Magruder, Bob Haldeman, John Erlichman, Maurice Stans, Nixon himself, and quite a few others. And there are plenty
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MisterFweem
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If nobody has done this yet, it should be done:

A cross-reference of books written by and about Richard Milhous Nixon, also tied in with official records, transcripts, notes on the bathroom wall, etc., indicating which claims in the various sources are true, false, in dispute, or otherwise occupied. Throw in films and documentaries, oral histories, etc. Everything Richard Milhous Nixon.

Creating such a database would be a massive undertaking. I’m not near smart enough to accomplish such a thing.

Bu
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Samantha Gilbert
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty good book. It was told by the acting FBI director at the time. Very interesting.
Michael Linton
An interesting book to read about the acting director of the FBI at the time during the Watergate investigation. At times, the book discussed various other topics (about 15%) that weren't directly tied to Watergate. For those chapters, I tended to pay less attention since I was interested in only about Watergate.

The son wrote a couple of chapters of the book and most interesting was his analysis/opinion that Deep Throat was not real and a composite of other people. In addition, it is clear that
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Jimcgold
Apr 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Ed Gray, L. Patrick Gray III's son, assembled the material after his father's death. It is an extremely well documented account of 361 days from the time of J. Edgar Hoover's death and the appointment of L. Patrick Gray as Acting Director of the FBI until his resignation and withdrawal of his name from consideration for permenant director of FBI. 6 weeks after Hoover's death, the Watergate break in occurred. the 361 days saw the beginning of the end for Richard Nixon. It is astonishing and embar ...more
Jennifer
Yes, I have a weakness when it comes to books written by those who were involved with President Nixon generally and Watergate specifically. I find it fascinating to see how they justify their behaviour and what they think of Nixon afterward. Patrick Gray was acting director of the FBI for less than a year in 71/72 and although he is widely believed to have been part of the government's cover-up, he was never found guilty of any crime. He is one of the few that I can think of who lost complete re ...more
Sue Cebelinski
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was an interesting perspective on Watergate. However, I usually do not enjoy autobiographies as the authors tend to "toot their own horns" or "grind their own ax". This book supported my opinion.
Jane
Feb 08, 2015 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the Watergate obsessed
A different POV. Worth a read for those who can't get enough
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Very sad tale of the FBI director who was thrown under the bus by some of the president's men. It seems so obvious in hindsight that he was being set up, but in life we often don't see what a mess we're in.
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