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Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    I highly recommend this book!!!

    This was a very easy and captive book, giving insights into Gerald Ford's political career and noble life.

    It was so interesting that it was hard to put down.

    Mr. Ford was a noble and honest politician, an extremely rare trait in a person associated with power.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Very enlightening

    Of all the most recent presidents I have had the most interest in, it has been President Ford. The biggest reasons is that he was a part of two catastrophic moments in American history...Kennedy's assassination and Nixon's Watergate. Both of these moments bookended one particular generation which began by speculating that there was a government conspiracy and ended with full knowledge of a government conspiracy. The book moves along very well and covers a nice group of topics....the warren commission, watergate, carter's victory followed by reagan through Bush 43s time in office. Having heard President Ford give statements about the warren commission I am ALMOST willing to believe that the assassination of JFK and the follow-up killing of Oswald just happened to be the victim of coincidence as he explains. (I also read the warren commission report as well). However, I am not sure he believed that it was entirely true that Jack Ruby was a man just looking for some attention and this point could be argued forever. As far as the rest of the subject matter, I found that President Ford was a man more in tune with doing the right thing versus being right about what he was going to do. For example, the pardoning of Nixon was always the right move as it kept country from having to face what would have been a tedious and traumatic trial which would have lasted longer than the OJ Simpson case. Ford could not have maintained his ability to get the country focused on itself again until Watergate was dead. He even agrees he may have cost him the 1976 election. However, in my opinion, history has shown him to have been brave and wise. The books also points out rather fairly that Ford was not always a pleasant man. He may have seemed timid or slow to decide but he was well aware of what he wanted to do and how he was going to do it. He held some grudges (as most powerful man often do) but he knew it was better to move forward than sit and stew over things which could no longer be corrected. For a final note, I personally thought it was sad that when Ford died, he really didnt the press coverage that his predecessors recieved. His funeral seemed to be done and off the front pages within days.

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