The Nixon Defense

  • by John W. Dean
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on Nixon's previously overlooked secret recordings, a revelatory new look at Watergate by one of its key figures.
Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA's wide­spread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's involvement in Watergate.
In The Nixon Defense, former White House Counsel John Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon's secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: What did President Nixon know and when did he know it?
Through narrative and contemporaneous dialogue, Dean connects dots that have never been connected, including revealing how and why the Watergate break-in occurred, what was on the mysterious 18.5 minute gap in Nixon's recorded conversations, and more.
In what will stand as the most authoritative account of one of America's worst political scandals, The Nixon Defense shows how the disastrous mistakes of Watergate could have been avoided and offers a cautionary tale for our own time.


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So now we know

Engrossing you have to listen to the next section and then the one after that. A good explanation of how they were drawn into the cover up.
Well read and well written, though don't forget Dean is telling his story.
I had no idea that they realised and at such an early stage, that Mark Phelps (Deep Throat) was leaking the information from the FBI.
Now we know, with all but certainty, what was on the erased 18 minutes. We are left to guess who did the erasing. But, for technical reasons, Rose Mary Woods could not have done it in the way she testified.
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- Arthur Pendragon

would recommend to Nixon buffs

Having listened twice to this I would recommend it to people interested in having a deep understanding of how Nixon's lies compounded and eventually ruined him. I've listened to pretty much every Nixon or 1970 book on Audible, this one I recommend as the most thoroughly researched, in this audio book we get a narrative of Nixon's attempts to shut the Watergate investigations down, in the form of summaries of dozens of recorded conversations in chronological order. The author was the Nixon aide initially involved in the actual coverups paying bribes to the men caught in the Watergate burglary, ended up top of Nixon's enemy list, so it's mandatory to get this perspective. This is not a hit piece, it's basically a scholarly analysis of the tapes, plus a little commentary. Voice actor is superb and the production is faultless. SUMMARY: do not buy if this is your first or only Nixon book (get Robert Dalek on Nixon and Kissinger), however if you ever want to really understand Nixon's presidency or the Watergate scandal then this is required reading.
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- Mr. E. Sheffield

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-07-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio