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

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

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by Thomas M. DeFrank

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In an extraordinary series of private interviews, conducted over sixteen years with the stipulation that they not be released until after Ford's death, the thirty-eighth president of the United States reveals a profoundly different side of himself: funny, reflective, gossipy, strikingly candid -- and the stuff of headlines.

In 1974, award-winning journalist

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In these pages reveals a man frustrated with aging, his party's crumbling political struggle, and a man as humbling as we needed during those tumultuous days after Watergate. Ever the loyalist, he never criticizes Rumsfeld or Cheney for their despicable cowardice. Of course, I think in his last years of life he wasn't really cogent in thought, so I won't go far in his summations of people. I got tired of Mr. DeFrank's almost slathering accounts of Ford's largesse in mutual funds, corporate sharings, and board membership on CITIgroup and other companies. When can America learn that money is not everything, not even the Great Depression taught us that? One thing that was insightful was his loathing of Reagan and his grudging admiration of Senator Clinton, who he said 'would make a helluva candidate.' I couldn't agree more. Farewell, old friend. You stirred the ship of State at its most perilous times since Lincoln or maybe now. I know the angels are forever routing for the Wolverines for you.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Write It When I¿m Gone Thomas M. DeFrank Putnam, Nov 2007, $25.95 ISBN: 9780399154508 This is an interesting look at the late President Ford through his off the record discussions with reporter Thomas DeFrank over the three plus decades. The book is more anecdotal than a biography, but remains prescient as the audience obtains how Mr. Ford saw the direction of the country, Nixon and Watergate, being an unelected president, his political party, and the presidents that followed him. The latter is the most fun as Mr. Ford blames Reagan not Nixon and the pardon for his loss in 1976 when the then California governor attacked him giving Carter and the Democrats some strong ammunition Mr. Ford bitterly pointed out that the famous Reagan eleventh commandment was created when the great communicator became the star attraction front runner. He admitted that he admired the incredible communications skills of Reagan and Clinton, especially the latter¿s ability to grasp and explain complex issues Reagan he felt was to lazy to bother beyond a sound bite. The best moments to this reviewer are his prediction that Bush II will have problems justifying the Iraq invasion on WMDs and during the Clinton presidency predicted that Hilary will be on the national ticket in 04 or 08. It is interesting to read how one president evaluated his living exclusive club members and those who failed to win entry like Perot, WRITE IT WHEN I¿M GONE proves that LBJ was wrong about Mr. Ford he obviously wore a helmet when he played center at Michigan. ---- Harriet Klausner