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Scandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, eS would leave the pace jilted Instead it is a collaboration of paraphrasing and when important direct uotes that allows the reader to forge onwards soffectively Breaking the narrative down into smaller and digestible pieces both segments of importance and individual days Dean allows all the actors to have their time in the spotlight and implicate themselves thoroughly There are too many to name here but the list of men whose choices insights and decisions helped shape the decision by Nixon to cover up what he knew and when goes to the core Eually ffective is the brash nature that Nixon takes to all this that he can sweep it under the rug or delegate whipping boys to take the fall The amount of detail is staggering but not crippling to the lay reader whose interest may be the scheming but not the intricate political or criminal details that could be trudged up by a legal mind Minutiae is left to the law review articles while Dean offers up the most comprehensive collection of summaries I have ver come across to develop an understanding of who knew what and when as well as the fabrication of vents and documents to protect certain people and flay others Brilliant and sinister all in one collection I would be remiss not to address certain key lements of the overall presentation of this book The attentive reader will realise that one cannot approach any piece of non fiction that deals in history or document interpretation without understanding the inherent bias in a narrative Add to that an author who has been seriously scorned and betrayed by some of the key players in the story and you have red flags at Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, every chapter break The reader must invest so much trust in Dean s accounts both that they are not marred in the passage of four decades as recollections tend to get at least become partially foggy after that time and that the paraphrasing of tapes or inclusionexclusion of certain passages will not skew the larger narrative While Dean is clear tolucidate in the preface that he scoured the tapes and their transcripts there is a certain degree of scepticism necessary in any reader unless one chooses blind faith Even then it remains solely one man s interpretation of vents Not to get too philosophical here but isn t that the foundation of history biased interpretation That being said the reader must take this all in with a grain of salt and see where things go during the analytical process Surely there will be some gobsmacked moments as well as the raising of at least one yebrow during certain passagesDean pulls no punches but does not seek to xonerate himself while leaving others to hold the blame As the title suggests he tries to give the reader a chance to see what Nixon might say he knew or did not know as it related to Watergate Additionally it might give the reader some insight into what the Senate Committee might have discovered or both Houses discussed if impeachment had moved forward Whatever the take it is an erie view into how dirty politics could be The reader must thank the late President Richard Nixon for installing this taping system leaving hours and hours of incriminating vidence on hand for synthesizing Power corrupts but it also gives a false sense of infallibility and living above the law Thankfully people like John Dean and David Frost can poke the bear and force it to dance for the peopleKudos Mr Dean for this wonderfully crafted book I cannot praise you nough for all you hard work and dedication to offer up a well documented approach to Watergate and Nixon s implicit guilt thereinLikehate the review An ver growing collection of others appears at This John Dean book should be very interesting to those that remain fascinated by Watergate or Richard Nixon I watched all of the Dean testimony before the Watergate Committee and I was amazed as a youngster at his command of detail That same command is xhibited here with Dean having access to the library of Watergate tapes that are now part of the public record Dean s testimony before the Ervin Committee as detailed as it was was made without the benefit of review of the tapes made by President Nixon This book allows Dean a participant in the acts of conspiracy and obstruction of justice to review the audio tapes and create a truly impressive record of how the Watergate matter unfolded using those tapes to let us hear directly from the participants taking us from the start of the cover up to the nd The book brings us some of the major figu One doesn t need to crib a Roger Stone interview as one person on did to find problems with this bookIndeed per the nonpartisan Nixon Tapes website one can read about Dean blaming his previous book s ditor the nonpartisan Nixon Tapes website one can read about Dean blaming his previous book s Buried editor the known Alice Mayhew for allegedly inserting material into his previous book a claim she has called an L I E with previous Dean writings on Watergate there are two main uestions1 How much is he whitewashing Richard Nixon2 How much is he whitewashing John DeanOn the first we can see that at play in the opening pages of the prologue Dean contrasts Nixon and McGovern s approaches to Vietnam and makes it look like McGovern wanted to cruelly callously abandon South Vietnam But Dean never mentions Nixon s late 1968 violation of the Logan Act and possibly treasonous activity with his contact via Anna Chennault with South Vietnamese leadersncouraging them to reject the Johnson peace planNor does he note in his brief discussions of Nixon s orders to burgle the Brookings Institute in 1971 that what Nixon sought was NOT or not just a copy OF THE Pentagon Papers but copies of Lyndon B Johnson s intercepts of Nixon campaign contacts with Chennault which he wrongly suspected were held thereBeyond that while Nixon may not have technically ordered the June 17 1972 burglary of the Watergate with the burglaries of Daniel Ellsburg s psychiatrist the discussed burglary of Brookings ven though not carried out and other things it s clear that Nixon s general marching order to the Committee to Re Elect the President indicated no stone should be unturned in doing this Given that the idea under Project GEMSTONE was first discussed in January 1972 and that both Dean and Jeb Magruder were parties to such discussions at a minimum the fact that neither of them alerted Nixon to this or if they did he didn t suelch it show that Nixon himself contra #Dean s claims must be considered as at least an indirect father of the actionDean who is still a #s claims must be considered as at least an indirect father of the
ACTIONDEAN WHO IS STILL A CONSERVATIVEwho is still a conservative books rejecting certain aspects of modern GOP conservativism he went to military school with Barry Goldwater Jr is still good friends with him and still calls himself a Goldwaterite has long sought to polish Nixon s apple as best he could on Watergate in particular and his administration in generalAt the same time of course he s sought to polish his own apple vs other key players in the Nixon Administration in general and Watergate in particularBy nding the narrative at July 16 1973 and putting what happened after that in just a few pages of appendix Dean s able to do that The flip side of him turning state s vidence is that before Nixon could show that he would be disloyal to him or others Dean acted first rather than taking the fall a la Haldeman and Ehrlichman In turn that shows that this book is still missing psychological lements starting with those of Dean himself How does he feel about being the first larger player to jump the sinking ship of the man he still tries to connect to the Goldwater version of RepublicanismAnd to the degree Dean is still trying to cover for himself or his old boss or both the death of Colson 2 years ago made it another bit asierFinally Dean s one appendix on the 18 12 minute tape gap serves nothing After narrowing down the list of likely rasers of the tape Dean refuses to look at any one of them as likely than the others He ven claims it s not that important real professional historians would certainly disagree He also gets coy on xactly what was likely rased after giving some general parametersThis isn t uite a one star book It does fill in some dges and corners And it sheds new light on the character of Dean ven though that surely wasn t his intentionI ll take a look at the new Brinkley book on the tapes to see if it shines any important new historic light but it appears ven wooden than this book. Gue Dean connects dots that have never been connected including revealing how and why the Watergate break in occurred what was on the mysterious 185 minute gap in Nixon’s recorded conversations and In what will stand as the most authoritative account of one of America’s worst political scandals The Nixon Defense shows how the disastrous mistakes of Watergate could have been avoided and offers a cautionary tale for our own tim. Although somewhat tedious and not A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, edited veryffectively in a few spots this is probably going to be considered the definitive book on Watergate If you like the Oliver Stone film Nixon you will most likely The Shadow Reader enjoy reading Dean s perspective Amazing how nobody in politics today has fully learned from Nixon s downfall of hubris We keep making the same tired mistakes repeatedly to whatnd Loved it I opted for the audiobook which was not only Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies entertaining but informative I was 11 when he finally resigned but I didn t grasp what had happened It was a fascinating time in history And appalling behavior by the president The Nixon Defence is a outstandingly good book about the Watergate scandal of the Nixon presidency It objectively tells the story of one of the most defining occurrences in American politics As a book that not only makes the standard points it also takes you inside the Nixon Whitehouse The author was anmployee in the Nixon administration This Book accels in all ways to tell a competent interesting and mostly unbiased view This allows the reader to take their own stance and come to their own conclusions and their own opinionsThe Nixon Defence is a book that describes the 1972 Watergate break in and the lies and vents that led to the impeachment of Richard Nixon It tells the inside story by the author John W Dean Dean was an attorney who served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973 This book is not apart of any series but is among many in depth reviews of related topics in American politics by Dean The book is 635 pages long and is uite a challenging read as it at times is very bland However it gets rolling when you are interested in an vent it is describing As a person who studied a whole unit for the Watergate scandal and played the role of H R Haldeman voluntarily it is safe to say I love to read about this topic But The Power Of A Choice even for me it was a bit dry and boring at times The most important thing for the reader to do before reading this book is to get an unbiased look at the occurances of the story as this book has a noticeable lean to the conservative views of this scandal As this problem is relevant this is hands down the best way to look at the watergate scandal and the Nixon administration as it is written by a person who stuck with Nixon till the bitternd John Dean served jail time for his actions The book is shaped in a formal method at times It feels like you are reading the transcript of a documentary You definitely get the information and the juicy details of the scandal But it is so boring and uninteresting that you need to be intrigued by the topic to stay with it for the long run as I personally was The book is set during the administration of the 37th President of the United States Richard Nixon The book covers the topic of the watergate scandal and the attempted coverup of the truth by the Nixon Administration The book is written by John W Dean who was an attorney who served as White House Counsel The book documents the inside view of the Watergate scandal of 1972 Where unknown assailants broke into the Watergate Hotel which was the Democratic National Committee headuarters and the stealing of secret documents and the installing off wiretaps to key members of the Democratic Parties phones This was done in order to gain dirt on Nixon s opponents The book goes over the investigation through the vents in chronological order to show the gradual proof of guilt of President Nixon and the information that ventually led to his impeachment This book shows the inside view of the scandal from the viewpoint of John Dean who was a diehard Nixon supporter He was referred to as the master manipulator of the cover up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Dean often voluntarily interfered with the FBI investigation He did this by means of slander and attempts to blackmail members of the FBI Dean later plead guilty to a single felony count in xchange for becoming a key witness for the prosecution By doing this he successfully received a reduced time in prison for his actions As an insider his story in this book plays a key part in understanding the Watergate scandal and the inner workings of the Nixon AdministrationThe book is mainly set around the vents of the 1972 Watergate trial of members of the Nixon Administration and the accusations of the ties of the break in to the Administration This setting is portrayed clearly as there are very few times the book deviates from the context and only to give context to another occurrence or part of Nixon s administration John dean describes these vents in the immense detail His writing style is crucial in the telling of the story and #how he conveys it to the reader This is a book about vents it doesn t focus on the individuals #he conveys it to the reader This is a book about Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling events it doesn t focus on the individuals reader can assume the main character could be Nixon or Dean himself That being said Nixon is portrayed in his true scummy but yet cunning personality and style uniue to him To best describe Nixon would be to compare him to a con man such as Al Capone A lot of his career is overshadowed by crime whether that be the Watergate breakin or the illegal invasion of Cambodia during Vietnam War Nixon did some good things He founded many new governmentalnvironmental agencies It is up to the reader to determine whether it was that he truly cared about those issues or if that was just a front to block criticism and build his positive public reputation As with politics based books your opinion on whether Nixon is likeable depends on your political stance and your values importantly The book doesn t describe much interactions between Nixon and Dean Nixon was his boss and it can be assumed that they had met often in person while he was in the White House Although there are many books about Nixon it is hard to relate to him because of his actions Nixon s behavior pushes the reader farther and farther into the mindset of disliking him and it is understandable and ffective in the context of the book Through his actions Nixon "cheated the system of lections in his attempts to cover up the " the system of lections in his attempts to cover up the of the Watergate break in He ntered a metaphorical minefield His crazy behavior was interesting and it made him a somewhat good antagonist to the author and his perspective The book mainly takes a focus on the Watergate break in and the trial It gives a brief insight into the personal details of the Nixon Administration including things like the Nixon tapes or how he acted behind the scenes while in office The book paints a good picture as it makes the metaphorical battle between good and vil The Nixon Administration takes the role as the vil and the public and the press as good This book doesn t shy away from the public attacks on the media by the administration in order to silence the opposition and the attempts to bribe or cover up details of the crimes Nixon was committing while in office The book keeps to the idea that it is important to search for the truth and to have nothing stop you in the way of finding said truth or getting to a conclusion at the nd of the day The book has a theme of the importance of facts as that it is the most important thing to have when it comes to finding the truth Facts and not feelings One of the most memorable uotes comes from not the author or Richard Nixon but from H R Hadelman He says Now on the investigation you know the Democratic break in thing we re back to the problem area because the FBI is not under control This is a chilling view of the thought process of the White House at the time to stop by all means of the continuing the investigation into to stop by all means of the continuing the investigation into It sets the vibe for all the actions and people inside of the White House at the time uotes like these is what made the book interesting and tolerable through the dry and bland at times Although the story of the Nixon administration and the Watergate scandal are interesting It is important now than ver to understand what happened then and what is going on in modern day politics The vents back then are a lot like what is going on inside of the current Presidential Administration Although the story is interesting it is hard to recommend this book to veryone because it is bland and very padded out The wording is lackluster It is also sophisticated but a bit too so and it nds up being dra. Based on Nixon’s previously overlooked secret recordings a revelatory new look at Watergate by one of its key figures Watergate forever changed American politics and in light of the revelations about the NSA’s widespread surveillance program the scandal has taken on new significance Yet remarkably four decades after he was forced to resign no one has told the full story of Nixon’s involvement in Watergate In The Nixon Defens. Ining and hard to get into This is a book to definitely read occasionally so you don t lose interest in it It is definitely aimed at a much mature audience like college students adults and for people who are really into politics and American history Although this is the hands down best book about Watergate as it provides lots of insight into the scandal that is often not found in other books as the author John Dean was apart of the administration during the time When the book hit its marks i felt immense levels of intrigue in the story it was telling and it made me coming back for If there was one thing i could compliment about the writing style of the book it would be that it was official and makes you feel like you are pulling the papers out of a White House filing cabinet and reading them aloud as it feels so official in a scene that most books cannot capture like this one The author feels like he put is heart and sole into this book He put most of is political biases behind and told the truth full story of what really happened behind the scenes This goal is achieved masterfully as it resonates this feeling of moving apart the curtains to see what was going on The book feels like it is all there and is the best Watergate book i have read to date Everything is down to arth and very little things are xaggerated and verything is based on noted historical Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, events and occurrences My favorite part of thentire book was when Dean describes the breakin at the Watergate Hotel and the discovering of the use of the CIA in the breakin who were hired and paid off by the Nixon administration itself These points are almost unbelievable If i was the author i would shorten it down atleast anywhere by 50 100 pages and compact the text although this mindset may be a bit ignorant as there is a lot of important stuff that would need to be trimmed down and that is a most likely a bad ideaThe Nixon Defence is a outstanding and intriguing book that deserves praise and is amazing for people who can get past the minor problems The text describes one of the most trying times in American Politics by one of the persons involved in the scandal Although it was a good read i can only give this book a stars It is interesting and really up my alley when it comes to books I just lost interest at times because of how honestly boring it could get the book could use a bit intriguing language as way to get the reader sucked in like lots of other good book John Dean is a man with a mission one that has lasted him most of his adult life This comprehensive tome is the sort of documented primary Il morto di Maigret evidence that is only done by someone who s got a large stake in setting the historical record straight Dean is that man It goes to show thatven though the First Amendment has become narrower in some ways what with the NSA helping itself to all of our phone records and no reporters or photographers being permitted in war zones any yet in some ways it has become much broader If you are curious about these transcripts yourself you can get onto the website Dean offers at the very beginning of his missive or you can do as I did and go to Y This book was xactly what I xpected long tedious and full of information Watergate is my first political memory and I went through a Watergate fixation in junior high school I remember learning the meaning of the word scapegoat and the idea of a snowball ffect Reading this book reminded me of that period in my life and Dean answered some uestions for me as well I recommend it if you are truly interested in what Nixon knew and when he knew it Be sure to make it all the way to the nd to get the full scoop on the Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition eighteen and a half minute gap in the secret recordings I listened to the audio version Obviously Mr Dean and others researched dug and worked hard to produce this work It helped me further delve into the Watergate scandal from a person who was not only lived through it but was a part of it I loved the details and thevidence provided by Mr Dean which he backed with Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom evidence from the tape transcribing and from other sources I would recommend this book for Watergate and other political scandal fans like myself You will definitely learn some things you did not already know I am a Watergate junkie I watched the proceedings on television nightly and read the newspapers and columnists and 60 minutes religiously This book helps bring all of my personalxperiences #back to me and Mr Dean gets a chance to tell the rest of the storyMr #to me and Mr Dean gets a chance to tell the rest of the storyMr points out that not all of the tapes in the White House were transcribed by the Sexual Secrets end of the Watergate hearings and he personally went to work on them the last ten years with assistants to help him so that he could put to rest in his own mind what the President knew and when he knew it There are a lot of uestions that get answered in this book It seems the White House was pretty sure thentire time who Deep Throat was and they believed it was due to Mr Felt s desire to be head of the FBI and not have to report to a non FBI political appointee This could just be the bias of Mr Dean and the White House so I take that part with a large grain of salt I found it very interesting the accolades Dean was given by the President and Haldeman and Ehrlichman in the arly tapes and how they turned on him when they knew he was going to testify He also gives us a deeper understanding of what the burglars were doing at the Watergate after all these years Obsession was something Mr Nixon was very good at The 18 12 minute gap is xplored and the plausible xplanation on what was on this tape and who did the actual rasing is shared in the second Appendix of this volume I would recommend Mr Dean s previous book of Blind Ambition as a companion piece to this book This is a
GREAT FOLLOW UP TO THE FORMERfollow up to the former as there is a lot information available than was at the time of the first book s publication For anyone worried about the NSA s spying on us you should read this book The Nixon White House was obsessed with dirty tricks bugging and nemies getting payback Do we really want anyone to attempt such over stepping of laws and boundaries again Mr Nixon honestly believed that as President he was above the law and they didn t apply to him I received a copy of this book as part of the first reads giveawaysRead this book John Dean offers this insightful look into the build up of the Watergate affair and the subseuent demolition of trust in America s political core Dean presents not an argument from his own perspective but cobbles together a narrative that includes actual conversations caught on the infamous Nixon taping system as well as diary ntries of the POTUS and his closest advisors Dean does parachute into the narrative at times offering his own perspective but allows the conversations and Purely Sexual entries to speak for themselves The narrative builds from Nixon learning of the break in at the Democratic National Committee in June 1972 through to the realisation that those within his inner circle were complicit in sending directives or sullying their hands during this and one other break in Building from there Dean offers the fast paced scramble that took place once Nixon realised what was going on and how to create a buffer for himself while trying to protect some of his key advisors with ideas of immunity or pardons As the political damage deepens and Nixon is searching for a scapegoat he turns to his counsel Dean and throws him to the lions forcing Dean s resignation in hopes this will uell the storm Dean remains stalwart as he is called before the grand jury and the Senate Committee tasked with investigating the Watergatevents Told in such a way that the reader is left in awe at some of the admissions made in private to obfuscate justice and protect a few men Not to be missed by the political fanatic The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 especially those who are opened minded to the taint that politics can leave on certain people and how power acts as an intoxicant than aphrodisiacThe seamless nature of the narrative remains one of the book s greatest assets It reads as fiction not because it is so bombastic but due to the smooth nature of the delivery and flow from day to day character to character Dean has removed the choppiness one mightxpect in ven a uasi academic piece where uotes from the telephone conversations or diary ntrie. E former White House Counsel John 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 than 150000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the uestion What did President Nixon know and when did he know it Through narrative and contemporaneous dialo.