Inner Circles: How America Changed the World - a Memoir

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To a degree virtually unmatched by any other American of his time, Alexander M. Haig, Jr. has participated in an astounding range of historical events. Among them: the Korean War, Vietnam, the Secret War against Castro's Cuba, Watergate, Nixon's establishment of diplomatic relations with China, the events surrounding the tragic death of John F. Kennedy, and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Now Alexander Haig, the man who served six U.S. presidents, presents a fiery, fascinating portrait of these ...
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To a degree virtually unmatched by any other American of his time, Alexander M. Haig, Jr. has participated in an astounding range of historical events. Among them: the Korean War, Vietnam, the Secret War against Castro's Cuba, Watergate, Nixon's establishment of diplomatic relations with China, the events surrounding the tragic death of John F. Kennedy, and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Now Alexander Haig, the man who served six U.S. presidents, presents a fiery, fascinating portrait of these events in the order that they occurred in his life, from his post as a young Army staff officer under MacArthur and combat in Korea to his rise inside the White House, to his stormy career as Richard Nixon's last Chief of Staff and his years as a Supreme Commander of NATO. In the process, Haig unravels mysteries and misperceptions of much of recent America and world political history and those who helped make it, from presidents to apparatchiks. Looking back at a career filled with controversy and honors, Haig draws provocative conclusions about American policy successes and failures. Looking ahead, he challenges the current crop of American politicians to improve our record in international affairs and makes specific recommendations by solving the most pressing issues at home, including urban decay and the budget deficit. In a dramatic, blow-by-blow account of Watergate Haig gives new and fascinating commentary on such key elements as the "Saturday Night Massacre," the Nixon tap, and "Deep Throat." In addition, he provides the most thorough, fascinating portrait yet of Nixon himself during that time - why the essentially reclusive President made the decisions he did, and how he was both served and sabotaged by those around him. Inner Circles gives unforgettable insights into the towering figures of Haig's career, including Lyndon Johnson, whose inferiority complex about the Kennedys led to a mismanagement of the Vietnam situation, Henry Kissinger, and such
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  • ISBN-13: 9780446515719
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/25/1992
  • Pages: 610

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
I A Military Calling
1 Haigs and Murphys 3
2 Councils of War 19
3 Meeting the Enemy 38
4 "Fierce Actions" 52
II Versions of Peace
5 Army Life 73
6 A Trip to Iran 84
7 Missiles and Mythology 93
8 Covert Actions 106
9 The Gulf of Tonkin 117
10 Vietnam: The Illusion 125
11 Vietnam: The Chemistry 140
12 Vietnam: The Reality 155
III Nixon's World
13 Homecoming 183
14 Nixon and Kissinger 192
15 National Security 210
16 Steel and Mush 224
17 Cambodia 233
18 Two Confrontations 241
19 Mission to China 256
20 The Art of the Possible 267
21 Biting the Bullet 281
22 A Parting of the Ways 291
23 Persuasive Force 304
24 Aftermath 315
IV Watergate
25 "Deep Throat" 321
26 On Virtue 327
27 The Worst Happens 332
28 Shadow of a Coup 350
29 A Question of Innocence 371
30 Blindman's Buff 382
31 The Middle East Crisis 409
32 The Burden of Proof 418
33 The Tale of the Tapes 435
34 Hail and Farewell 457
35 The Smoking Gun 466
36 The Final Paradox 487
V Abroad and at Large
37 Ford's White House 509
38 The Western Alliance 520
39 Carter Abroad 531
40 Politics 544
41 Afterword: America, the Future, the World 553
A Note on Sources 569
Notes 570
Index 599
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