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Victor Lasky, Author of JFK: The Man and The Myth. SYNOPSIS: In his new and probably most controversial book, Victor Lasky argues that Watergate was little more than a media event. The fact is, he claims, that Democratic scandals of comparable, and indeed greater significance were permitted to glide by without any of the overwhelming, unrelenting attention paid Watergate by a press which sought to disembowel a President they hated. According to Lasky, Adam and eve did not tryst at the Watergate; original as well as subsequent sin were around a long time before Richard Nixon's day. And, in spite of all the lessons presumed to have been learned from Watergate, transgressions continue. Victor Lasky has come up with startling material on abuses of presidential power that go back as far as Franklin D. Roosevelt - some of which make recent excesses look puny indeed. As for Watergate itself, we have new evidence indicating that leading Democrats were well aware that a break-in was in the works - and did nothing to prevent it. In one of his more surprising chapters, the author contends that the so-called smoking gun tape which forced Nixon out of office had nothing to do with Watergate. Lasky's theme is clearly: if Nixon was no hero, who was? Victor Lasky, journalist, author, and Washington D.C., citizen, is the author of among other well-known books, J.F.K.: The Man and the Myth and The Ugly Russian.

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