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The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972

The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972

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by Douglas Brinkley, Luke Nichter

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"[A] fascinating and devastatingly accurate portrait of the 37th president . . . Groundbreaking." — San Francisco Chronicle

“Presents a clear, fly-on-the-wall view of Nixon’s White House . . .  A monumental accomplishment.” — USA Today

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"[A] fascinating and devastatingly accurate portrait of the 37th president . . . Groundbreaking." — San Francisco Chronicle

“Presents a clear, fly-on-the-wall view of Nixon’s White House . . .  A monumental accomplishment.” — USA Today

President Nixon’s voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House and at Camp David — in all, 3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history.

The Nixon Tapes, with annotations and commentary by Professors Luke Nichter and Douglas Brinkley, offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the years Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory, while the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon’s political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a unique glimpse into a flawed president’s hubris, paranoia, and political genius.

“A treasure trove.” — Boston Globe                       

“Strangely addictive.” — 
Los Angeles Times

Editorial Reviews

During his presidency, Richard Nixon recorded more than 3,700 hours of his White House and Camp David conversations and now thanks to his conspicuous self-destruction, he will probably forever remain the most documented chief executive of all-time. Until now, less than five percent of these revealing talks have been transcribed and published. That changes with this comprehensive 784-page collection of transcripts, expertly edited by presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and master transcriber Luke Nichter. The Nixon Tapes, 1971-1972 also arrives with digitized audio recordings. A candid self-portrait of a controversial, colorful president; sometimes outrageous, sometimes hilarious, always revealing.

Library Journal
Surprisingly, the last of the nearly 4,000 hours' worth of tapes made by President Nixon was released only last August, and very little of this material has been transcribed and published. CBS News historian Brinkley (e.g., The Wilderness Warrior) and Nichter, an associate professor at Texas A&M University and former founding executive producer of C-SPAN's American History TV, have selected, edited, and annotated key passages from the tapes with topics ranging from negotiating with North Vietnam to managing the reelection campaign. The book will be released, along with accompanying digitized audio recordings, on the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation. Obviously important; with a 50,000-copy first printing.
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"The editors artfully cull from the more than 3,500 hours of tapes a fairly coherent documentary record…the exchanges published here give a more vivid sense than most accounts of the climate of urgency, risk and anticipation that enveloped Nixon’s and Kissinger’s effort.  To witness these two titans of ambition, vainglory and suspicion…is to receive gritty instruction in statecraft and psychology alike." -- New York Times Book Review

"Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter... have heroically compiled a huge, fascinating and devastatingly accurate portrait of the 37th president…groundbreaking" -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A monumental accomplishment. . . Nichter's decade of research into the tapes has only deepened his understanding of this rich period of U.S. history, and his collaboration with Brinkley will only enrich Americans' knowledge of the Nixon administration." -- USA Today
"An eye-opening reckoning of crimes, misdemeanors and bugging technology  40 years after Richard Nixon's ignominious departure from the White House . . . Essential for students of the era and fascinating for those who lived it." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

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Meet the Author

DOUGLAS BRINKLEY is a professor of history at Rice University, CBS News Historian, and contributing editor of Vanity Fair. He is the author of seven New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His recent New York Times bestsellers include Cronkite, The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, and The Reagan Diaries.

LUKE NICHTER is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University–Central Texas. He is a noted expert on the Nixon tapes as a result of his efforts to digitize the nearly 4,000 hours of recordings he makes available online as a public service, and he is the author of an ongoing petition before the District Court for the District of Columbia to open Watergate-related government records still sealed in the National Archives. Nichter's work has been reported on by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't read the book yet but I know it's going to be great.