Nixon and Watergate - An American Tragedy
He made himself - and then destroyed himself. Read the "gripping" account of the fall of a president, told from inside the White House.
In January 1973, Richard Nixon had just been inaugurated after winning re-election in a historic landslide. By April 1973, his presidency had fallen apart as the Watergate scandal metastasized into a full-blown cancer, in the phrase of White House counsel John Dean. King Richard is the intimate narrative of the tension-packed hundred days when the Watergate burglars and their handlers turned on one another, revealing their direct connection to the White House.
Drawing on thousands of hours of newly-released tape recordings, Michael Dobbs takes us into the heart of the conspiracy, recreating these dramatic events "in a way no one else has." He captures the growing paranoia of the principal players and their desperate attempts to deflect blame as investigators closed in and the daily pressures became unbearable. At the center of this "rich and kaleidoscopic" drama is Nixon himself, a man whose strengths, such as his determination to win at all costs, became his fatal flaws. Structured like a classical tragedy with a uniquely American twist, this is an epic, deeply human story of ambition, power, hubris, and betrayal.