Synopses & Reviews
andquot;[A] fascinating and devastatingly accurate portrait of the 37th president . . . Groundbreaking.andquot; andmdash;and#160;San Francisco Chronicle
andldquo;Presents a clear, fly-on-the-wall view of Nixonandrsquo;s White House . . . and#160;A monumental accomplishment.andrdquo; andmdash;and#160;USA Today
President Nixonandrsquo;s voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House and at Camp David andmdash; in all, 3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history.
The Nixon Tapes,and#160;with annotations and commentary by Professors Luke Nichter and Douglas Brinkley, offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the years Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory, while the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixonandrsquo;s political downfall crept ever closer.and#160;The Nixon Tapesand#160;provides a unique glimpse into a flawed presidentandrsquo;s hubris, paranoia, and political genius.
andldquo;A treasure trove.andrdquo; andmdash;and#160;Boston Globeand#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
andldquo;Strangely addictive.andrdquo; andmdash;and#160;Los Angeles Times
andquot;The editors artfully cull from the more than 3,500 hours of tapes a fairly coherent documentary recordandhellip;the exchanges published here give a more vivid sense than most accounts of the climate of urgency, risk and anticipation that enveloped Nixonandrsquo;s and Kissingerandrsquo;s effort. and#160;To witness these two titans of ambition, vainglory and suspicionandhellip;is to receive gritty instruction in statecraft and psychology alike.andquot; -- New York Times Book Review
andquot;Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter... have heroically compiled a huge, fascinating and devastatingly accurate portrait of the 37th presidentandhellip;groundbreakingandquot; -- San Francisco Chronicle
andquot;A monumental accomplishment. . . Nichterand#39;s decade of research into the tapes has only deepened his understanding of this rich period of U.S. history, and his collaboration with Brinkley will only enrich Americansand#39; knowledge of the Nixon administration.andquot; -- USA Todayand#160;andquot;An eye-opening reckoning of crimes, misdemeanors and bugging technology and#160;40 years after Richard Nixonand#39;s ignominious departure from the White House . . . Essential for students of the era and fascinating for those who lived it.andquot; -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewand#160;
The blueprint for Nixonandrsquo;s downfall, based on tapes released from 2010 to 2013, most of which have never been published. These are the very last Nixon tapes, and no president has recorded since. This bookandmdash;combined with The Nixon Tapes, 1971andndash;1972andmdash;will stand as the go-to source on the Nixon tapes; a generation of Americans will learn about Richard Nixon and his presidency from these volumes.
The famousandmdash;and infamousandmdash;Nixon White House tapes that reveal President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words
The blueprint for Nixonandrsquo;s downfall, based on tapes released from 2010 to 2013, most of which have never been published
When The Nixon Tapes: 1971andndash;1972 was published in August of 2014, it jumped immediately onto the New York Times bestseller list and captivated media attention for its many revelations.and#160; Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichterandrsquo;s heroic efforts to transcribe and annotate the highlights of more than 3,700 hours of recorded conversations provided an unprecedented and fascinating window into the inner workings of a momentous presidency.and#160; Now, with a concluding volume to cover the final year of the Nixon taping system, Brinkley and Nichter tell the rest of the story andmdash; once again with revelations on every page, including:and#160;
- how Nixon and Kissinger knew privately that the January 1973 Vietnam peace agreement would not hold, even as the ink was still drying
- how Nixon and Kissinger anticipated the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East
- Nixonandrsquo;s threat to send a andldquo;divisionandrdquo; of tanks to kill Native Americans at the Wounded Knee standoff
- and more . . .
With Nixonandrsquo;s dominating 1972 reelection receding into the background and the Watergate scandal looming, The Nixon Tapes: 1973
reveals the inside story of the tragedy that followed the triumph.
About the Author
DOUGLAS BRINKLEY is a professor of history at Rice University, CBS News Historian, and contributing editor of Vanity Fair. He is the author of seven New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His recent New York Times bestsellers include Cronkite, The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, and The Reagan Diaries.
LUKE NICHTER is an associate professor of history at Texas AandM Universityandndash;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. Nichterand#39;s work has been reported on by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press.