Watergate And Afterward: The Legacy Of Richard M. Nixon

Hardcover | August 1, 1992

EditorLeon Friedman

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This volume brings together a distinguished group of scholars, journalists, and former Nixon Administration officials to examine the Watergate controversy and its legacy. Particular attention is paid to Nixon's misuse of government power for political ends, his administration's obsession with secrecy and the control of information, and the impeachment proceedings in Congress. This is the second in a trilogy of titles based on the Hofstra Presidential Conference on Richard M. Nixon (the first, Richard M. Nixon: Politician, President, Administrator [Greenwood, 1991], was also edited by Friedman and Levantrosser). Watergate and Afterward includes a final assessment of the Nixon Presidency by a group of biographers who have written extensively about the man and his politics, as well as appraisals of Nixon's accomplishments and failures by both administration figures and outside historians. Special effort was made throughout to incorporate opposing points of view on the various issues under discussion, making this one of the most comprehensive and balanced assessments of the Watergate scandal and its aftermath available in print. The book begins with essays that describe the political reactions to Watergate and Nixon's attempt to remove the first special prosecutor on the case. In the discussion section that follows, new insight into what the break-in was supposed to accomplish is provided by Reverend Jeb Stuart Magruder, speaking for the first time in a public forum. Subsequent papers discuss the different efforts by the Nixon Administration to uncover information about political opponents, the politicization of the Justice Department, the constitutional confrontation in the Supreme Courtover the Nixon tapes, and the Pentagon Papers case. Discussants include Charles Colson, who was in the White House at the time, Tom Brokaw of NBC, and Ron Ziegler and Gerald Warren of the White House press office. Finally, the impeachment proceedings are reexamined in chapters that explore the specific charges against the president and the political coalitions that formed in Congress around them. Ideal as supplemental reading for courses on the presidency and modern American politics, Watergate and Afterward is an important contribution to our understanding of this critical period in postwar history.

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This volume brings together a distinguished group of scholars, journalists, and former Nixon Administration officials to examine the Watergate controversy and its legacy. Particular attention is paid to Nixon's misuse of government power for political ends, his administration's obsession with secrecy and the control of information, and...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.59 × 6.45 × 1.3 inPublished:August 1, 1992Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313277818

ISBN - 13:9780313277818

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?This is the second volume of proceedings from the 1987 Hofstra University Conference on the Nixon administration. Unlike its fine predecessor, Richard M. Nixon: Politician, President, Administrator, this compilation brings together former aides, members of the judiciary, media notables, and historians to discuss the negative aspects of the Nixon presidency. A spirited dialog among biographers Stephen Ambrose, Roger Morris, Herbert Parmet, and Raymond Price concludes that Nixon's rehabilitation will continue as Watergate's overshadowing impact lessens. An abrasive H.P. Haldeman and historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. are less sanguine. The Rev. Jeb Stuart Magruder reemerges for the first time in years . . . . Panelists offer powerful, even emotional recountings that provide differing perspectives on The Pentagon Papers, executive privilage, the tapes, policies and intrigues, and the daunting problems archivists encounter in making documents available to the public. A comprehensive overview of the unraveling of the Nixon administration, especially recommended for presidency collections.??Library Journal