Synopses & Reviews
The famous and infamous Nixon White House tapes that reveal President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words.
President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David 3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter's massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history.
The Nixon Tapes, with annotations and commentary by Nichter and Professor Douglas Brinkley, offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a unique glimpse into a flawed president's hubris, paranoia, and political genius.
About the Author
is currently a Professor of History at Rice University and a Fellow at the James Baker III Institute of Public Policy. He has published several New York Times
bestselling titles: The Wilderness Warrior
(2009), The Reagan Diaries
(2007), The Great Deluge
(2006), The Boys of Pointe du Hoc
(2005), Tour of Duty
(2004), and Voices of Valor
(2004, with Ronald J. Drez). The Great Deluge
, a New York Times
Notable Book of the Year,
was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Dr. Brinkley has also taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, Princeton University, Tulane University (where he was also Director of the Roosevelt Center), and other institutions across the country. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair
, the Los Angeles Times Book Review
, and American Heritage
, as well as a frequent contributor to the New York Times
, The New Yorker
, and the Atlantic
. He lives in Austin and Houston, Texas.
Luke Nichter is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University - Central Texas. He is a noted expert on the Nixon tapes as a result of his efforts to digitize the nearly 4,000 hours of recordings he makes available online as a public service, and he is the author of an ongoing petition before the District Court for the District of Columbia to open Watergate-related government records still sealed in the National Archives. Nichter's work has been reported on by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press.