By Elizabeth Drew
Forty years after the tumultuous occasions that ended in Richard Nixon’s historical downfall, a brand new variation of the mythical Elizabeth Drew’s Washington magazine, that includes a super new afterword
initially released quickly after Richard Nixon's resignation, Elizabeth Drew’s Washington Journal is a landmark paintings of political journalism. Keenly saw and highly insightful, Washington Journal opens in 1973 and follows the deterioration of Richard Nixon’s presidency in genuine time.
along with her extraordinary entry to the pinnacle figures, Drew’s on-the-scene reporting is much more awesome in hindsight, as Washington Journal does what no different ebook approximately that interval has performed or may perhaps do: captures the sensation of the interval and studies in actual time conversations with the major decision-makers as they made up their minds in regards to the such a lot fateful vote they might solid. It additionally exhibits us the feel of worry between either shut observers and the citizenry, in addition to their fearful laughter on the era's absurdities. Elizabeth Drew is familiar with Richard Nixon in addition to this most intricate determine will be understood, and she or he indicates how he introduced himself down. In Washington Journal, Drew takes us alongside on what she calls "a wild journey via history."
This re-creation of Washington Journal comprises an immense new afterword, which finds the fascinating―and often hilarious―story of Nixon’s efforts to regain respectability after he’d been pressured from workplace, and it additionally bargains unique insights into the which means of Watergate and Richard Nixon. wealthy with new details unavailable on the time, the afterword is an incredible addition to a really particular and enduring paintings of reportage.
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R. (Bob) Haldeman, his different former most sensible assistant, had made an “accurate” assertion to the Ervin committee concerning the President’s dialog with Dean on March twenty first in regard to paying the defendants to maintain silent. Nixon stated that “the challenge was once, how do you get the money to them, and in addition, how do you get round the challenge of clemency, simply because they don't seem to be going to stick in penitentiary just because their households are being treated. And so, that used to be why I concluded, as Mr. Haldeman recollects … and did testify very successfully … I stated ‘John, it truly is fallacious, it won’t paintings. We can’t supply clemency and we have to get this tale out. ’ ”) The President refused this day, as he had at San Clemente, to touch upon the Justice Department’s research of fees that Vice-President Agnew approved bribes and kickbacks from development contractors whereas he used to be serving as county govt of Baltimore County, Maryland, and as governor of the kingdom. (There have additionally been studies that the funds endured after Agnew took place of work as Vice-President. ) while, early final month, the papers said that Spiro Agnew, Vice-President of the USA, was once below federal research in Baltimore for legal wrongdoing, it felt like an earthquake. The Vice-President held a press convention, calling the fees “damned lies. ” The Agnew tale collided with the Watergate tale, and spun it round. until eventually then, Agnew have been the good replacement to Nixon, untouched through the unfolding scandals, in all likelihood the Republican candidate in 1976, or even probably, if the President’s problems persisted to mount, the successor to the Presidency earlier than then. it's not but transparent no matter if formal fees could be made opposed to the Vice-President. at the present time the President expressed his “confidence within the Vice-President’s integrity throughout the interval that he has served as Vice-President. ” The query of the financing of and enhancements at the President’s homes at Key Biscayne, Florida, and San Clemente, California—one extra factor that exploded in our midst some time past few months—came up this present day on the press convention. the tale used to be a nuisance. until eventually it broke, it have been a truism of Watergate that this kind of banal subject as own achieve used to be now not concerned. the problem of the homes was once additionally a diversion from the most query. this day the President was once requested if he paid a capital-gains tax on that a part of the San Clemente estate he had offered to his buddies, Charles G. (Bebe) Rebozo and Robert Abplanalp. (The White condo has stated that Rebozo and Abplanalp helped him finance the acquisition of the California estate. ) either are imprecise figures—Rebozo a Miami banker, and Abplanalp, a Bronxville, ny, businessman and perfector of the aerosol-spray valve. we all know little approximately them other than that they're the President’s so much common partners in his widespread seclusion. Rebozo has a home within the Key Biscayne compound the place the President has homes. The President makes use of this sort of homes as a house, the opposite as an place of work.