Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619020825
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,086,333
  • 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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Table of Contents

Part I

Chapter 1 3

Chapter 2 Richard Nixon Runs for Congress 23

Chapter 3 Nixon: Congress, the Senate, and the Race for Vice President 37

Chapter 4 Vice President Richard Nixon: The First Five Years 57

Chapter 5 Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA vs. Fidel Castro 73

Chapter 6 Nixon, Hunt, and the CIA-Mafia Plots to Kill Fidel 88

Chapter 7 August-October 1960: Nixon and the CIA-Mafia Plots to Kill Castro 102

Chapter 8 September-November 1960: Nixon's First Mafia Bribe for Hojfa, and the Election 120

Part II

Chapter 9 November 1960-Early April 1961: The CIA Hides Its Mafia Plots from JFK 141

Chapter 10 April I960: The Real Reasons "the Bay of Pigs Tiling" Failed 161

Chapter 11 Spring 1961-Fall 1962: Bay of Pigs Aftermath to the Cuban Missile Crisis 176

Chapter 12 Late 1962: "You Won't Have Nixon to Kick Around Anymore" 194

Chapter 13 January-June 1963: Nixon, JFK, and Cuban Operations 211

Chapter 14 Summer and Early Fall 1963: Nixon, Hunt, and JFK's Cuban Coup Plan 234

Chapter 15 September-November 1963: Nixon and JFK Go to Dallas 257

Chapter 16 November 22,1963: Dallas, Washington, New York, Tampa, New Orleans 276

Chapter 17 Late November and Early December 1963: National Security Cover-Ups 303

Chapter 18 December 1963-Mid-1966: Nixon in New York, Helms Is Promoted, Hunt Prospers, Barker Is Fired 324

Part III

Chapter 19 1966: Nixon & Rebozo, Helms & Hunt 347

Chapter 20 January-March 1967: Jack Anderson, Rosselli, and Helms 365

Chapter 21 Spring-Fall 1967: Another Helms Cover-Up and Nixon Decides to Run 384

Chapter 22 1968: Tragedy for America, Triumph for Nixon 403

Chapter 23 2969, Nixon's First Year in Office: Leaks, Electronic Surveillance, and "Dirty Tricks" 428

Chapter 24 2970: Nixon's Covert Actions Involving Vietnam, Cuba, and Chile 446

Chapter 25 January-July 1971: The Road to Watergate 463

Chapter 26 Summer and Fall 1971: Nixon, Hunt, Barker, and the First Burglary 487

Chapter 27 Nixon, the Mafia, Hoffa, the CIA, and Castro in 1971: Echoes of September 1960 510

Chapter 28 The 1972 Campaign: Why Nixon Ordered the Watergate Break-Ins 530

Chapter 29 Nixon, the CIA-Mafia Plots, and Break-Ins: From the Chilean Embassy to Watergate 556

Chapter 30 Mid-May to Mid-June 1972: The First Three Watergate Burglary Attempts 587

Chapter 31 June 16 to Late June 1972: Another Watergate Burglary, Nixon, and "the Bay of Pigs Thing" 609

Chapter 32 Late June 1972 to December 1972: The Cover-Up Holds and Reelection 643

Chapter 33 January to Early May 1973: Nixon's Pinnacle and the Gathering Storm 664

Chapter 34 May 1973 to August 1974: Nixon, Rosselli, and Resignation 687

Epilogue Late 1974 to 1979: Nixon Golfs with Mobsters, Investigations Continue, and Rosselli Is Murdered 712

Appendix 727

Acknowledgments 755

Notes 757

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    Recommend

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Certain Sacrifice revisited

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

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    Amazing

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    Slow and too detailed.

    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)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Interesting but flawed

    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.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Save your money!

    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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