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Drawing on his insider knowledge and previously unpublished documents, Geoff Shepard shows that it didn’t take long for Ted Kennedy and his allies to smell blood after the Watergate break-in. They set out to exaggerate and prolong the scandal, not merely to destroy Richard Nixon, but to undermine the entire Republican Party and pave the way for another Kennedy presidency ...
Drawing on his insider knowledge and previously unpublished documents, Geoff Shepard shows that it didn’t take long for Ted Kennedy and his allies to smell blood after the Watergate break-in. They set out to exaggerate and prolong the scandal, not merely to destroy Richard Nixon, but to undermine the entire Republican Party and pave the way for another Kennedy presidency in 1976.
In the process, working closely with a willing media, they pioneered the politics of personal destruction, which has tarnished our country ever since.
Shepard reveals how this Kennedy conspiracy included members and staffs of the Senate, the House, the Justice Department, and the Special Prosecutor’s office. They used delay tactics and obfuscation to postpone the indictments and avoid trials of the handful of real Watergate criminals.
Shepard argues that the abuses of power by Kennedy’s cronies dwarf those of the administration they savaged. Among those he singles out for reevaluation are Republican turncoat John Dean, Mark “Deep Throat” Felt, reporter Bob Woodward, and a young lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee named Hillary Rodham.
Ch. 1 Two Summer Nights: The Bridge at Chappaquiddick and the Watergate Break-in 8
Ch. 2 Watergate: What Really Happened - And Why 19
Ch. 3 The Hidden Hand of Edward Kennedy 31
Ch. 4 Kennedy Politics: Long Memories and Sharp Knives 36
Ch. 5 John Dean's Cover-up Collapses 52
Ch. 6 The Camelot Conspiracy Commences 69
Ch. 7 Obstructing Justice: Postponing Dean's Indictment 78
Ch. 8 The Pious Fraud of the Ervin Committee 91
Ch. 9 First Blood: John Dean Testifies 100
Ch. 10 The Ervin Committee Pioneers the Politics of Personal Destruction 111
Ch. 11 The Watergate Special Prosecutor and the Terrors of Prosecutorial Abuse 122
Ch. 12 Cox's Army of Ivy Leaguers 135
Ch. 13 Friends in High Places: The Strange and Unusual Handling of William O. Bittman, Esq. 147
Ch. 14 The Denny/Rient Memo: The Special Prosecutor's Own "Smoking Gun" 158
Ch. 15 The Media Invents a "Massacre" 164
Ch. 16 Impeaching a President: The House Judiciary Committee Joins the Camelot Conspiracy 171
Ch. 17 The Liberal Media: Long-term Enablers of the Kennedy Clan 177
Ch. 18 Stage One of the Camelot Conspiracy: Destroying the President 185
Ch. 19 Stage Two of the Camelot Conspiracy: Crippling the Republican Money Machine 193
Ch. 20 Stage Three of the Camelot Conspiracy: Eviscerating Potential Opponents 202
Ch. 21 The Weakest Link: Teddy Kennedy Self-Destructs 209
Ch. 22 The Camelot Conspirators Today: From Edward M. Kennedy to Hillary R. Clinton 216
List of Appendices 233
Posted January 18, 2013
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