The Last of the President's Men

The Last of the President's Men

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"Bob Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Richard Nixon puzzle in his new book The Last of the President's Men. Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system that changed history and led to Nixon's resignation. In forty-six hours of interviews with Butterfield, supported by thousands of documents, many of them original and not in the presidential archives and libraries, Woodward has uncovered new dimensions of Nixon's secrets, obsessions and deceptions."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2015
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501116445
1501116444
Branch Call Number: 973.924 Woo
Characteristics: 291 pages : illustrations, map

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StarGladiator
Aug 29, 2016

Please pay attention to the comments from commenter, cpdemers, below. Most cogent and well thought out!
I don't trust anything from Bob Woodward and, NO, I didn't like Tricky Dick!
Let's review some facts: Recently President Obama opened political avenues with Cuba, and they released imprisoned spy, Gross, who was there working under a contract with USAID - - employed with Development Alternatives, Inc., a CIA front company. President Obama's mother's last employer of record: Development Alternatives, Inc.
When Woodward met // Deep Throat \\, his Watergate contact, it was at the parking garage of an apartment building, the majority of whose occupants worked at . . . Development Alternatives, Inc. ! ! !
[And nobody ever, ever can explain how the so-called revealed Deep Throat, assistant FBI director, Feld, ever came by his information???? Notice how when one examines ALL the facts, the cover story doesn't ring true?]

Uwe44 May 20, 2016

I also like reading Bob Woodard. I thought this was a pretty interesting book, looking from the perspective of the person that helped install the recording devices. Plus it gave a good view point of how much Nixon really had no people skills. It was obvious that when he was faced with any type of confrontation he would run away.

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cpdemers
Jan 24, 2016

Look, I enjoy Bob Woodward, I do. I even forgive him the sometimes borderline interesting because jeez, with Carl Bernstein he freakin' revived the Fourth Estate. Remember America before Watergate?! Scary!

But this tripe? Nothing substantial other than Alex Butterfield worked old college chum Bob Haldeman for a job - after 20 years without contact. Butterfield is a glorified Higby (look it up), and there is no arc to this story because - there is no friggin' story.

Move along folks, move along.

Bob: you can stop pumping the well dry now...

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Jan 15, 2016

Having read nearly all of Bob Woodward's books, in addition to being a major Watergate-buff, I highly recommend The Last of the President's Men. By interviewing presidential aide Alexander Butterfield at length while given access to an enormous amount of classified material that had been buried away for more than forty years, Woodward excels at expanding our knowledge of the Nixon presidency. Butterfield, who was put in charge of installing the secret taping system inside the White House and later revealed its existence to the Senate Watergate Committee clearly changed the course of history with his testimony in 1973. Had no one known about the tapes, Richard Nixon would've likely remained president until 1977. And through his talks with Woodward, we learn all about the many idiosyncrasies and mood swings of the president, including two strange tales aboard Marine One. But even more important, we see how the White House operated during that period while groundbreaking information about the Vietnam War is revealed for the first time in this book. Excellent job at providing new insight and not just simply retreading what is already known.

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trotter73
Jan 12, 2016

A brief biography of Alexander Butterfield, deputy assistant to President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973. He tells some interesting stories about Nixon's strange personality in the White House.

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