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By Leon Friedman, William F. Levantrosser

This quantity brings jointly a special team of students, newshounds, and previous Nixon management officers to ascertain the Watergate controversy and its legacy. specific awareness is paid to Nixon's misuse of presidency energy for political ends, his administration's obsession with secrecy and the keep watch over of knowledge, and the impeachment complaints in Congress. this is often the second one in a trilogy of titles according to the Hofstra Presidential convention on Richard M. Nixon (the first, Richard M. Nixon: flesh presser, President, Administrator [Greenwood, 1991], was once additionally edited through Friedman and Levantrosser). Watergate and later on incorporates a ultimate overview of the Nixon Presidency via a gaggle of biographers who've written broadly in regards to the guy and his politics, in addition to value determinations of Nixon's accomplishments and screw ups via either management figures and outdoors historians. specific attempt was once made all through to include opposing issues of view at the a number of concerns below dialogue, making this some of the most complete and balanced checks of the Watergate scandal and its aftermath on hand in print. The publication starts with essays that describe the political reactions to Watergate and Nixon's try to eliminate the 1st designated prosecutor at the case. within the dialogue part that follows, new perception into what the break-in was once speculated to accomplish is equipped by means of Reverend Jeb Stuart Magruder, conversing for the 1st time in a public discussion board. next papers talk about the several efforts by means of the Nixon management to discover information regarding political rivals, the politicization of the Justice division, the constitutional war of words within the ultimate courtroom over the Nixon tapes, and the Pentagon Papers case. Discussants comprise Charles Colson, who used to be within the White apartment on the time, Tom Brokaw of NBC, and Ron Ziegler and Gerald Warren of the White apartment press workplace. eventually, the impeachment lawsuits are reexamined in chapters that discover the categorical fees opposed to the president and the political coalitions that shaped in Congress round them. perfect as supplemental studying for classes at the presidency and smooth American politics, Watergate and in a while is a crucial contribution to our realizing of this serious interval in postwar heritage.

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Instead, it is rooted in a decade-long melange of events and personalities. Watergate was the last act in the intense political melodrama that haunted the American stage, beginning with John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. War and unprecedented social protest about the war and about complex problems in American life followed, and eventually culminated in Watergate. To that extent, Richard Nixon was the last casualty of those events. And "Watergate" goes beyond—with an impact that we only can begin measuring through a plethora of legislation (campaign financing, ethics in government, and privacy in banking regulations), foreign policy considerations (the Vietnam War, the War Powers Act, Detente, and Iran-Contra), on institutions (FBI, CIA, and IRS), and on the nature of the presidency and the quality of interinstitutional relations.

20. See, for example, D. Harward, Crisis in Confidence. 21. "Talk of the Town," The New Yorker, August 10, 1973, p. 20. 22. H. Commager, "The Constitution After Watergate," Current 16, 158-168, no. 166 (October 1974): 16. 23. J. Douglas, "Watergate: Harbinger of the American Prince," in Official Deviance, ed. J. Douglas and J. Johnson (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1977), pp. 112-120. 24. H. Marcuse, "Watergate: When Law and Morality Stand in the Way," New York Times, June 27, 1973, p. 39. 25. N. Chomsky, "Watergate: A Skeptical View," The New York Review of Books, September 20, 1973, p.

S. 683 (1974). 34 Kutler, Lukas, Magruder, and Silbert Discussant: Stanley I. Kutler Has Richard Nixon succeeded in the ultimate cover-up? Have the former president and his men, aided and abetted by revisionist historians, managed to reduce Watergate to a mere blip in his presidency? In his recent book, 7999: Victory Without War, the former president wrote to describe the leadership we need to give us "victory" over Russian determinism, Chinese inscrutability, and Japanese cleverness. " Nixon's remark is but a lame attempt to obscure Watergate.

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