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Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes

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PRESIDENT NIXON: Here we go. What in the name of God are we doing on this one? What are we doing about the financial contributors? Now, those lists there, are we looking over McGovern's financial contributors? Are we looking over the financial contributors to the Democratic National Committee? Are we running their income tax returns? Is the Justice Department checking to s ...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published September 22nd 1998 by Free Press (first published November 1997)
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Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unless you're a total Watergate nerd (or Russiagate nerd; history is repeating itself), reading this cover to cover is daunting, depressing, and disgusting. I read the juiciest parts and skimmed the rest. Well, all of it is juicy in the sense that Nixon and his staff completely thought of the U.S. presidency as their personal plaything. While they -- Nixon along with Haldeman and Erlichman among many others -- ranted, raved, obfuscated, and backstabbed, the highest levels of the administration w ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first tapes (40 hours) were released by President Nixon -- sort of -- in 1974. These tapes ( 3,700 hours !! ) were released in 1994. Over his dead body (literally -- he died in 1992). They provide the answers to a couple of the pressing questions from the time of Watergate.

1) why oh WHY didn't Nixon burn the tapes instead of releasing them ?
His attorneys advised that destroying the tapes, after their existence became known, would be considered an obstruction of justice, which is an impeac
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This may prove a daunting read for some, as they wade through the minutiae to get at the heart of the conversations obsessively recorded by Pres. Nixon. If you have an interest in Vietnam, Watergate, Richard Nixon or American politics, however, it's worth making the effort.

There is only one word to describe many of these conversations...chilling. Nixon's arrogance and ruthlessness were astounding. What a terrible shock it must have been for men like Haige and Kissinger to learn their every word
Graham: "This stranglehold (of Jews in the media) has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain."
Nixon: "You believe that?"
Graham: "Yes, sir."
Nixon: "Oh, boy. So do I. I can't ever say that but I believe it."
Graham: "No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something."
Nixon: "You know, it's a funny thing. Every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob (Haldeman)? What is the mat
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book about Richard Nixon. Before reading this book I had some sympathy for Mr. Nixon. After reading it all sympathy was gone. Alas his paranoia about real and perceived enemies went over board and eventually destroyed him. What a shame, such a brilliant man to have such a petty side.
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book provides the transcriptions of hours of White House audio tapes from the Nixon administration relating to Watergate and other political scandals during his presidency. Although the text appears daunting at first, the conversations quickly pull you in.
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Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing to have the transcripts there. Kutler's commentary was minimal and he let the history speak for itself. History the way it should be.
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Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Still shocking after all these years.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fasinating book. I have read it twice and plan on reading it over and over again. If we don't learn from history...
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Absolutely superb. Well acted audiobook.
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A specialist in 19th and 20th century American constitutional history, Stanley Kutler received his B.A. degree in 1956 from Bowling Green State University and his doctorate from Ohio State University in 1960. He taught at Penn State University from 1960 until 1962, San Diego State College from 1962 until 1980, and the University of Wisconsin from 1980 until his retirement.
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