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Campbell Scott's delivery grabs your attention right from the start. I didn't know much about Alexander Butterfield before this but Bob Woodward's writing and the narration make you want to hear more and it was a shame when I reached the end. I look forward to hearing more books from both the author and Mr Scott
Alexander Butterfield was President Nixon’s White House Aide, who revealed the existence of the secret recording system in the White House when testifying to the Senate Watergate Committee on July 16, 1973.
The book is well written and researched. Woodward is well known as the journalist that broke the Watergate story. Woodward states he interviewed Butterfield for forty hours and also had access to the Butterfield papers and the national archive of Watergate papers. Before becoming a White House Aide Butterfield was a career Air Force officer. He was a college classmate of H. R. Haldeman. Butterfield left his job as an Aide at the end of Nixon’s first term and went to work for the FAA.
The book provides new information and insight into Nixon and it also amplifies existing knowledge. Woodward also adds his own comments and information that he had gathered and published when appropriate in the story. I was most interested in what Butterfield said about Pat Nixon; that she was a “borderline abused” wife, ignored, or treated with chilly distain by Nixon.
I found this book so interesting I finished it in one sitting. The book is short, only six hours but is packed with lots of information. Campbell Scott does a good job narrating the book.
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This is another fascinating look at how the Nixon administration came tumbling down. Through the words of Alexander Butterfield as told by Bob Woodward we learn what it was like behind the scenes of one of the most dramatic presidencies in American history. Nixon remains the most fascinating character ever to grace the American political stage.
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