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Witness To Power: The Nixon Years

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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
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.
Nolan
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
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Brendan
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Lynnette
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
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Jane
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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