978-0-06-013514-0 / 9780060135140

The Palace Guard


Publisher:Harper & Row



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Dan Rather, CBS News White House Correspondent and Gary Paul Gates. SYNOPSIS: In this crisis year, this hard-hitting, powerfully readable book, through its brilliant analysis of events and men and its inside information on the day-to-day operation of the Nixon White House, contributes a stunning insight to our understanding of how Watergate happened. Here are the inner workings of the Nixon White House as they unfolded in the years leading up to the break-in. Based on interviews, on-the-scene observations and hard pursuit of the facts, the book shows how Nixon's disciples acquired so much power, how they used it to elevate or destroy each other, and how, eventually, they set in motion the forces that have "left an indelible moral stain on the American Presidency." The book charts the flow of power around and inside the White House, vividly revealing the personalities of the men Richard Nixon chose to help him govern the country during his first term and detailing the rise and fall of his closest advisers. There was the original Cabinet - "twelve gray-haired guys named George," as someone quipped when they were introduced to the country on television shortly before Nixon began his Presidency. Among them, John Mitchell represented a force of considerable weight, but, significantly enough, "his power had almost nothing to do with his Cabinet status as Attorney General and everything to do with the special relationship he had with the President." There were the three men originally picked to be the top White House advisers: Henry Kissinger, "always concise and lucid"; Arthur Burns, professorial, ponderous, but a man who "had a disconcerting habit of being right much of the time"; and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "articulate to the point of eloquence, his florid personality buoyed by an Irish wit." Then there were two other men, totally dedicated to Richard Nixon, working deep within the White House and...

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