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Witness To Power: The Nixon Years

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  12 reviews
John Erlichman's insider's account of the Nixon presidency. Very transparent and frank. The Watergate scandal and resignation of Nixon. US Executive branch history.
Paperback, 405 pages
Published November 15th 1982 by Pocket Books (first published February 26th 1982)
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Bob Costello
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting view of the Nixon campaigns 1960, 1962, 1968 & 1972, and the Nixon white house. Less then a quarter of the book is about Watergate. One insiders view of Nixon and Watergate. Ehrlichman admits his own guilt, but he make the case that Mitchell, Dean, Colson and Nixon are the most guilty players in the Watergate affair. It was interesting for me to read this part of not too distance American history, since most of it took place when I was in high school and college. I got to see a littl ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Memoirs from those involved in Watergate and the Nixon Presidency are a dicey proposition. Now, those involved in events have knowledge and insights not necessarily available from others. But, as we’re dealing with illegal and unethical activities, you can assume that the author is trying to look as good as he possibly can. John Ehrlichman writes a very interesting biography that gives an inside look at the Nixon White House. In fact, Watergate is just a relatively minor portion of this book. An ...more
Andrew Scholes
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Another pointing fingers book. This one points to Dean(everyone hates Dean), Colson and Nixon.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was a fascinating book for so many reasons; it's It's gossipy and dishy, and you'll learn things about Richard Nixon you didn't even know would interest you.

This follows John Ehrlichman's career from his days as a practicing attorney in Seattle to his fall from federal grace and life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You'll read about his early involvement in the Nixon campaigm as an advance man. Even the casual student of history has some knowledge about Nixon's farewell speech following a failed b
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The first half offers interesting glimpses into American politics and how presidential administrations are set up. The way the Nixon White House operated (disregard of the competent civil service, with the real power held by presidential advisors over Cabinet members) likely provided an example to Trump and others. However, the second half spends too much time on Watergate and Ehrlichman goes at length to try and convince readers that it was Nixon's fault, and that he was framed (with nothing bu ...more
Brendan Sheehan
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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It was an interesting take on the Nixon Administration especially on the interactions between the cast of characters who are now famous because of Watergate early before that. However, the focus on Watergate seems like an afterthought and much like the rest of the perspective it exculpates himself from the illegal and his complicity in the greatest scandal of the 20th Administration
Surajit Basu
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
fascinating frank inside view of a white house in nixon years. power corrupts.
B Kevin
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Damn, now I guess I have to read every one else's books. Haldeman is next.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is basically well written but is telling in ways I doubt that Ehrlichman intended. He spends much time attempting to counter public perception and paint himself as an efficient, yet less than ideologically rabid, "Nixon loyalist". I have no doubt that he was considerably less enamored of Nixon after his conviction and incarceration, but no matter how hard he tried in the book and other attempts through the years, he remained "damned" by his own voice on the tapes. He spins and spins, i ...more
Michael Linton
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I actually didn't finish this book. I bought it because I'm trying to read all books about Watergate. There was only a small section about this topic. But I thought it would be interesting in light of Trump becoming president. Interesting to understand how a president fills his cabinet and the process. But it was so boring, I stopped mid-way and went straight to the Watergate section.

Even the Watergate chapters was boring. It was basically just him trying to prove his innocence. In regards to wh
Apr 24, 2015 added it
Mr. Ehrlichman, who seems very bitter, denies much and blames others - especially John Dean, the Judge, and the senators on the water committee. Mr. Dean deserves much blame, but if what Mr. Ehrlichman says is true, he must've had his head in the sand. Self-delusion, selective memory, lying? Still, a good addition to my Watergate obsession. Onto the Final Days, then back to Haldeman's the ends of Power.
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John Daniel Ehrlichman was counsel and Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under President Richard Nixon. He was a key figure in events leading to the Watergate first break-in and the ensuing Watergate scandal, for which he was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and served a year and a half in prison.

Following his release from prison, Ehrlichman held a number

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