Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA

Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA

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by Lamar Waldron
     
 

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While Richard Nixon's culpability for Watergate has long been established—most recently by PBS in 2003—what's truly remarkable that after almost forty years, conventional accounts of the scandal still don't address Nixon’s motive. Why was President Nixon willing to risk his reelection with so many repeated burglaries at the Watergate—and other

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While Richard Nixon's culpability for Watergate has long been established—most recently by PBS in 2003—what's truly remarkable that after almost forty years, conventional accounts of the scandal still don't address Nixon’s motive. Why was President Nixon willing to risk his reelection with so many repeated burglaries at the Watergate—and other Washington offices—in just a few weeks? What motivated Nixon to jeopardize his presidency by ordering the wide range of criminal operations that resulted in Watergate? What was Nixon so desperate to get at the Watergate, and how does it explain the deeper context surrounding his crimes?

For the first time, the groundbreaking investigative research in Watergate: The Hidden History provides documented answers to all of those questions. It adds crucial missing pieces to the Watergate story—information that President Nixon wanted, but couldn’t get, and that wasn’t available to the Senate Watergate Committee or to Woodward and Bernstein. This new information not only reveals remarkable insights into Nixon’s motivation for Watergate, but also answers the two most important remaining questions: What were the Watergate burglars after? And why was Nixon willing to risk his Presidency to get it?

Watergate: The Hidden History reexamines the historical record, including new material only available in recent years. This includes thousands of recently declassified CIA and FBI files, newly released Nixon tapes, and exclusive interviews with those involved in the events surrounding Watergate—ranging from former Nixon officials to key aides for John and Robert Kennedy. This book also builds on decades of investigations by noted journalists and historians, as well as long-overlooked investigative articles from publications like Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times.

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Publishers Weekly
One vast conspiracy begets another in this meticulous but unconvincing theory of the Watergate scandal. Historian Waldron argues that Vice President Richard Nixon was the "driving force" behind joint CIA-Mafia plots to assassinate Fidel Castro in 1959-1960. Waldrop further says that, as president, Nixon instigated the Watergate break-ins, undertaken by his "Plumbers" unit of old CIA Cuba hands, mainly to find a dossier that he feared could expose those earlier schemes. The author presents an exhaustive, lucid chronicle of Cuba and Watergate machinations and decades of Nixon sleaze: dirty campaign tricks, quid-pro-quo Mafia bribes, burglaries, and other felonies by his White House staff. But Waldron's central claims about Nixon's involvement in Castro-assassination plots and his Watergate motives are shaky and based largely on stray, ambiguous comments by marginal figures, "associate"-tracing through degrees of separation, and much rank speculation, all backed by confusing source notes. (Much of the book is a rehash of his similarly massive and implausible Legacy of Fear, which argued that the Mafia assassinated President Kennedy.) Readers will learn a lot from Waldron about America's Cuba policy and Nixon's many misdeeds, but the author's search for a narrow logic behind Nixon's omnidirectional paranoia and criminality distorts more than it clarifies. Photos.
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Praise for Legacy of Secrecy:

“Explosive new material, based mainly on government documents from the National Archives.” —Vanity Fair

“Waldron and Hartmann offer convincing evidence . . . A riveting take on the assassination itself and the devastating results of government secrets, this account proves the continuing relevancy and importance of seeking the truth behind one of the US’s most personal tragedies.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“I believe Waldron's heavy-to-lift book is actually all but the last word on these troubling assassinations which have been so wildly speculated about since 1963 . . . Lamar Waldron, indefatigable public servant and author deserves his own Pulitzer Prize for his great work.” —Liz Smith, New York Post

“They’ve done a service by digging up the deepest, darkest, most disturbing archival evidence to support their Mob hit theory.” —Ron Rosenbaum

“Staggering!” —Mark Crispin Miller

“Exhaustively researched” —The New York Observer

“[Legacy of Secrecy contains] over 800 pages of intricately documented data. Their findings add pieces to one of our most perplexing puzzles, and suggest where the key missing pieces may be found.” —Ronald Goldfarb, The Daily Beast

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619020825
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Lamar Waldron's historical research and nonfiction books have won praise from Publishers Weekly, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and major publications in Europe. His groundbreaking research has been the subject of two prime-time specials on the Discovery Channel, produced by NBC News. He Has been featured on CNN, the History Channel, Geraldo Rivera, Fox News, and television specials in England, Germany, Japan, and Australia. Called "the ultimate JFK historian" by Variety, Waldron's previous book is being produced as a major motion picture for Warner Brothers by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way.

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Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, The Mafia, and The CIA 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LadyLibertyGA More than 1 year ago
A very informative book regarding an interesting period of time in our history. At times, I was confused by so many names and code names, but the theme of the book is obvious and interesting. A really good read if you are interested in politics and history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about 400 pages too long. It spends way too long on the same Cuban/Mafia/Almeida plot and trying to tie it to Nixon- but doesn't mention Nixon for several hundred pages. Even when we move past that time frame, the emphasis remains on the Cuban exiles. Although a good writer, and the story is compelling, if you read his prior boxes the only key components of new value are the Nixon actions found after page 500.
efm More than 1 year ago
The tings people with power do is just outrageous, this book is amazing in that all the things Nixon did was not for the good of the people or country just his sad ego.
eugiemae More than 1 year ago
The subject should have been interesting and easy to read. It was bogged down with minute detail. I was exhausted trying to plow through it. I finally set it aside and will go back to finish it. (Maybe)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a lot of interesting information in this book that should inform and entertain students of Watergate. The author is quite correct that the subject of motive deserves more attention. However, the author's unclear organization and knee-jerk political biases detracts from the book. If you want a rational and fair treatment of this subject, you might want to look elsewhere.
upurs More than 1 year ago
The book is full off lots of information, but is written poorly. It jumps around so much that sometimes I think that I am reading the same thing again. There is no real flow to the information. JMC
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