King Richard: Nixon and Watergate–An American Tragedy

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On January 20, 1973, Richard Nixon was basking in the glow of a triumphant re-election, having just won a landslide victory. His Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, was over in Paris negotiating an end to direct American involvement in Vietnam. The prospects for a successful second term seemed bright. However, interest in the once “third-rate” burglary at the DNC headquarters in the Watergate complex hadn’t receded. The fate of the seven men had yet to be adjudicated, and the revelations in the daily newspapers sparked new controversies.

The prospect of long jail sentences and not receiving financial support in a timely fashion for their silence and service riled a couple of the Watergate plotters. Soon, a letter would be sent to the judge overseeing the case. Word of conspirators higher up the White House command threatened to tear the Nixon administration in two. The reversal of fortune would be caught on a secret taping system known to only a few.

King Richard covers a six-month period in which hope turned to despair within the Nixon administration. Author Michael Dobbs captures the spirit of the president and his men almost perfectly, as fear and paranoia tear at their souls. The subject of Watergate has never seemed more human than in this book.


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Author Michael Dobbs
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 25-May-2021
ISBN 9780385350099
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Issue July 2021
Category History
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