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The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

John W. Dean
Format
Book
Published
New York : Viking, 2014.
Language
English
ISBN
9780670025367, 0670025364
Summary
"Former White House Counsel John W. Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon's secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: what did President Nixon know and when did he know it?"--Amazon.com.
Contents
  • Part I. Covering up (June 20 to July 1, 1972)
  • June 20, 1972 (Tuesday): before and after the 18 1/2-minute gap
  • June 21, 1972 (Wednesday): creating the cover-up scenario
  • June 22, 1972 (Thursday): first Watergate-related press conference
  • June 23, 1972 (Friday): firing "the smoking gun"
  • June 24 to July 1, 1972: Martha's breakdown, John's resignation and another scenario
  • Part II. Containing (July 1972 through December 1972)
  • July 6 to July 18, 1972: the call from Gray and a walk on the beach
  • July 19 to August 18, 1972: concern over Magruder's testimony
  • August 17 to September 15, 1972: investigations, indictment and the president meets with his White House counsel
  • Late September through October 1972: Segretti merges with Watergate
  • November 1 to December 30, 1972: reelection, reorganization, a Dean report considered, Chapin's departure and Dorothy Hunt's death
  • Part III. Unraveling (January 1 to March 23, 1973)
  • January 1973: keeping Magruder happy, giving Hunt assurances and the Watergate break-in trial
  • February 3 to 23, 1973: Senate Watergate Committee and Gray's nomination
  • February 27 to March 15, 1973: Nixon discovers his White House counsel and Gray puts me in the spotlight
  • March 16 to 20, 1973: return of the Dean report, the Ellsberg break-in and Hunt's blackmail
  • March 21 to 22, 1973: a cancer on the presidency and Nixon's response
  • Part IV. The Nixon defense (March 23 to May 22, 1973)
  • March 23 to April 13, 1973: options and indecision
  • April 14 to 30, 1973: pricking the boil and cleaning house
  • May 1 to 10, 1973: new team, tough tactics and rough new issues
  • May 11 to 22, 1973: a preemptive defense statement
  • May 23 to July 16, 1973: discrediting Dean and the beginning of the end
  • Epilogue.
Description
xxx, 746 pages ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 661-719) and index.
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