Nightmare: The Underside of the Nixon Years

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This extraordinary book had an extraordinary genesis. In July 1973, for the first time in its history, The New York Times Magazine devoted a full issue to a single article: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Lukas's account of the Watergate story to date. Six months later, a second installment ran in another full issue. Later the Times asked him to write still a third issue on the impeachment. This piece never appeared because it was overtaken by Nixon's resignation. But Lukas's painstaking reporting on ...
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Overview


This extraordinary book had an extraordinary genesis. In July 1973, for the first time in its history, The New York Times Magazine devoted a full issue to a single article: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Lukas's account of the Watergate story to date. Six months later, a second installment ran in another full issue. Later the Times asked him to write still a third issue on the impeachment. This piece never appeared because it was overtaken by Nixon's resignation. But Lukas's painstaking reporting on Nixon's last months in office appears here, twenty-five years after his resignation, for the first time in paperback, along with added information on every aspect of Watergate.

Widely acclaimed as a major text of the Watergate saga, J. Anthony Lukas's Nightmare, with a new foreword from presidential historian Joan Hoff, is an investigative masterwork highlighted by in-depth character sketches of the key players. As described by Publishers Weekly, “The result is a model of measured judgment and of careful selection and synthesis, and it is presented with such masterly narrative skill that one reads the old familiar story as if it were all new and fresh.”

For students of history coming to these events for the first time, Nightmare reveals in depth the particular trauma of a nation in turmoil; for those who remember, it is once more brought to life.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lukas's 1973 volume is a detailed chronicle of Nixon's last month in office. It was originally intended for the New York Times Magazine as part of a series on Nixon's probable impeachment, but his resignation killed the story. As dark a chapter in our history as it was and poisonous as it was to the U.S. citizenry's faith in the government, Watergate nonetheless continues to fascinate. This first trade paper edition contains a new foreword by Joan Hoff. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
<:st> Originally published in 1973 by Viking Penguin, and cited in </ Books for College Libraries, 3rd ed./> This reprint makes available investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Lukas's influential account of Watergate and the story of Nixon's abuse of his presidential powers from the early days of his presidency through his resignation. Includes a foreword by historian Joan Hoff. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Christopher Lasch
That the facts about Watergate are now as straight as they are, in spite of all official attempts to conceal them, is a tribute to Lukas's skill as a reporter and more broadly to the journalistic tradition he represents.
New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821412879
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 546,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Fear of Losing 1
2 State of Siege 9
3 Leaks and Taps 41
4 Plumbers 68
5 Dirty Money 109
6 Dirty Tricks 146
7 Break-in 169
8 Cover-up 210
9 Uncover 270
10 Houses in the Sun 343
11 Tapes 369
12 Agnew 397
13 Firestorm 415
14 Operation Condor 442
15 Impeachment 469
16 Resignation 515
A Note on Sources 570
Index 581
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