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The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate
The secrets of Watergate were hidden by lies & deceit. Only one man had the right & the power to bring the White House to justice. In this book Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski for the first time explains & documents the details of the behind-the-scenes struggles for the White House tape recordings, the release of which culminated in a historic Supreme Court de ...more
Published April 1st 1979 by HarperCollins
(first published 1976)
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7/27 - ran out of steam about pp167, when the legal brief quotations started getting really long. These are hard to read, difficult to comprehend, even though I think they were written by extremely good attorneys. I will finish this, just have to take a break.
This book seems to become more interesting and relevant as time passes. Perhaps not enough time had elapsed when I read it the first two times (in 1977 and 1985) for me to appreciate its historical value. But this time I had forgotten enough so that it read like a suspense thriller at times and an interestingly detailed personal journal at others. So much forgotten that I was almost able to re-experience that growing dismay that comes from reading the transcripts of those White House conversatio ...more
For anyone interested in Watergate, the prosecution of President Nixon, White House aides, and CREEP staff members -- this is THE book to read. It's written in the contemporary time, so it has a "freshness" to the Watergate Special Prosecutor's thoughts/memories. He also writes in a "just the facts" lawyerly manner, laying out the case against all the defendants, fully explaining exactly what we now refer to as the "Watergate" crimes, and the case against the President. It is thorough, but enjoy ...more
About the only reason I don't give this and similar books a "5" is that this was the era of "piling on." Anything that spread bile about Nixon was taken as true hook, line and sinker. I happen to think Nixon was a thug, but there are limits.
This was a tough read. There were a lot of letters back and forth between Jaworski and the White House and various Courts. There were many legal pleadings or decisions. It was well documented and, again, contradicted many of the other Watergate books, which I expected.