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New Bob Woodward Book On Watergate, “The Last of the President’s Men”

September 10, 2015

This makes the third book this year on President Nixon and/or Watergate to be released from noted authors.  I am delighted! 

From Simon & Schuster release: “Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Nixon puzzle in his new book ‘The Last of the President’s Men,’ his 18th book for Simon & Schuster … Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide [deputy to Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman] who disclosed the secret White House taping system that led to Nixon’s resignation. In 46 hours of interviews with Butterfield, supported by thousands of documents, many … not in the presidential archives and libraries, Woodward has uncovered a new dimension of Nixon.

“‘There’s more to the story of Nixon,’ Butterfield, now age 89, confided as he opened his secret archive of documents at Woodward’s request, and then spent a year telling dozens of new, never before published anecdotes and incidents. … Butterfield provides the intimate details of what it was like working and living just feet from the most powerful man in the world as he sought to navigate the obligations to his president and the truth of Nixon’s obsessions and deceptions.

“‘The Last of the President’s Men’ could not be more timely and relevant as voters question how much do we know about those who are now seeking the presidency in 2016-what really drives them, how do they really make decisions, who do they surround themselves with, and what are their true political and personal values?

“For four years in the West Wing, three of those working and watching from an office adjoining the Oval Office, Butterfield was regularly the first to see Nixon in the morning and the last at night, the constant insider and ultimately the most dangerous witness. At Nixon’s request, Butterfield supervised the installation of the secret taping system that … provided the evidence that ended Nixon’s presidency. …

“As Woodward writes, ‘The secret taping system was not put in place until February 1971. There are no tapes of the first two years of the Nixon presidency.’ Due not only to the thousands of pages of documents but ‘By virtue of his proximity to the center of the Nixon universe and his extraordinary memory, Butterfield himself essentially became the tape recorder.’ …

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