Nixon Presidency: An Oral History of the Era

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The Nixon Presidency covers the entire period of one of the most controversial administrations, not just Watergate and Nixon's resignation. The book analyzes both his domestic programs during his first term and partial second term and his conduct of foreign affairs, including his surprising opening to the communist Chinese. It also explores his highly controversial handling of the Vietnam War. The authors' recent update takes advantage of temporal distance from the days of Watergate to put the legacy of Nixon's ...
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Overview

The Nixon Presidency covers the entire period of one of the most controversial administrations, not just Watergate and Nixon's resignation. The book analyzes both his domestic programs during his first term and partial second term and his conduct of foreign affairs, including his surprising opening to the communist Chinese. It also explores his highly controversial handling of the Vietnam War. The authors' recent update takes advantage of temporal distance from the days of Watergate to put the legacy of Nixon's presidency into its proper historical context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641644887
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 587
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The 1968 Election and Beyond
1 Nixon is Elected President 3
2 Nixon's Character and Personality 31
3 Administrative Style 53
Pt. 2 The Issues
4 Domestic Issues 107
5 Foreign Affairs 118
Pt. 3 The Pentagon Papers and the Plumbers
6 The Pentagon Papers 199
7 The Plumbers Unit 214
8 The Break-in at Dr. Lewis Fielding's Office 219
9 Who Ordered the Break-in? 223
10 And Why? 231
11 Dr. Ellsberg's Trial 237
Pt. 4 The Second Administration
Pt. 5 "This Thing Called Watergate"
14 The Atmosphere That Engendered Watergate 299
15 The Break-ins 303
16 Who Ordered the Break-ins? 318
17 And Why? 344
18 The Senate Select Committee on Watergate and the Appointment of a Special Prosecutor 363
19 Why Didn't Nixon Destroy the Tapes? 407
20 Why Didn't Nixon Deal with the Problem Sooner? 415
21 Damage Control: Finally Letting White House Staff Go 419
22 The Atmosphere of Watergate 425
23 Corruption Charges Against the Vice-President, His Resignation, and Choosing His Successor 430
24 The Saturday Night Massacre 437
25 The Struggle for the Tapes 453
26 Did the President Have to Resign? 457
27 The Resignation 465
28 The Pardon 483
29 The Media's Role in Nixon's Downfall 492
30 Watergate with Hindsight 501
Pt. 6 Nixon's Post-Watergate Rehabilitation
31 Has Nixon Been Rehabilitated? 513
32 Have You Heard from Mr. Nixon Lately? 520
33 Mr. Nixon's Legacy 524
Afterword 533
Epilogue 535
App. A The Watergate Crimes Roster 545
App. B Schedule of Interviews 549
App. C The Interviewees: Where Are They Today? 559
Index 571
About the Authors 587
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