The Final Days (free) AUTHOR Bob Woodward
Neues Jahrbuch F R Mineralogie Geologie Und Pal Eontologie Vol 2 eTe nor made anyffort to use the power of his office to cover them up An Scapa 1919 early scene where Nixon instructs a couple of his lawyers to draft a national securityxplanation for several of his lies to definitively absolve him while also withstanding future revelations without his offering any The Hermeneutic Nature Of Analytic Philosophy exculpatory narrative or detail to help them ismblematic of the situation Most of the book s drama comes from these staffers and associates realizing that the president they ve invested their own time and careers in is indeed a criminal who has been lying to themThe book implies that too that aside from the political and cultural conseuences he was facing Nixon was dug in on defending himself from impeachment to avoid having to acknowledge that he d been lying to his family as well as the country His daughters The Secret Cyclist especially defended him loyallyven at what seems like at least a short term cost to their marriages Nixon s sons in law like certain members of his staff are convinced of the hopelessness of his defense relatively Veto Message Of Governor John Sparks early in the bookIt s also worth mentioning that Nixon according to the sources who spoke to Woodward and Bernstein was often drunk during this time Its tempting to draw parallels between Nixon and other current American presidents One thing the book makes clear though is that things have to get a lot worse than they are now before a president is forced from office At the same time the book shows that a president can only convince the rest of the country to ignorevidence of their true character for so long Wow that was a slog Obviously since it took me over a year to finish it Not nearly as involving as All the President s Men So much minutiae to wade through Picked up in the last third when When Someone You Love Is Addicted To Alcohol Or Drugs everything is falling apart for Nixon and the deathwatch for his administration had begun However it s still a major historical account of a very messy time in the history of the United States A wrap up for the previous twelve years which saw the Bay of Pigs Cuban Missile Crisis the Berlin Wall going up JFK s assassination MLK s assassination Charles Manson Vietnam Mister Ed My Mother the Car and the Hippies Just don txpect to be able to breeze through it over a long weekend Well at least I sure couldn t This is at times a very detailed account of the trial and downfall of President Richard Nixon Who would have thought that a President needed so many lawyers on his staff At the beginning the number of individuals involved is normous Nevertheless the tale becomes compelling and tragic as we reach the inevitable culmination of Nixon s downfall In the biography I read of Nixon by Conrad Black he observes that Nixon was isolated and did not have nough contacts outside of the White House By contrast Roosevelt who was unable to walk always had an xtraordinary array of people visiting throughout his many years as president Nixon s seuestration is supported in the pages of this book by Woodward and BernsteinIn many ways it was Nixon who paid the price for the lies of the Vietnam War The Kennedy and Johnson administration did far worse in terms of lies and deceit than Nixon Kennedy and Johnson both lied and mislead the American people about US military build up in Vietnam Robert Kennedy allowed the bugging and persecution of Martin Luther King Nixon s crimes were less by contrast But he did constantly lie and obfuscate initially refusing to release the tapes then releasing dited transcripts And he lied on network televisionAlso Nixon was not media savvy Reagan was one of the best at this in the modern ra Even the younger George Bush was better then Nixon with the press There are times when the authors are obviously on a Nixon vendetta There was no need to speak of Nixon s ating habits or refusing bottles of wine That put pettiness into the storyI did find Nixon s support from his family his wife his two daughters and their husbands admirable Possibly within their hearts they knew of his duplicity to the country yet they continued to love him as husband and father He had committed no crime to them As we reach the nd of the book I came to respect in some measure Nixon as a human being With all the insurmountable pressure he never unravelled as a human being The only thing he had left after resigning was his immediate familyWith the distance of almost Forty Years Now This years now this has all the makings of a Shakespearean tragedy Woodward and Bernstein s uasi seuel to All the President s Men The Final Days chronicles the last year of Nixon s presidency from the April 1973 departures of Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman through his own resignation The authors interview dozens of participants providing a fast paced insider account of Nixon s advisers first trying to contain the damage slowly and reluctantly realizing that they ve been dupe and their belated frantic fforts pushing their boss to accept the inevitable Unfortunately this fascinating insider s take comes drenched in spurious gossip Nixon s drinking and suicidal ramblings Pat s frigidity Kissinger s backstabbing Ford s dithering cabinet insubordination Congressional bitchery and the whole time America is safely managed by a benevolent Alexander Haig How much is true and how much is merely score settling by proxy is an Herb Brooks exercise for the reader though its tabloid readability is undeniable In some ways Final Days is a seuel to Woodward and Bernstein s All The President s Men But in this book the focus is on the unraveling and deterioration of the Nixon administration Writing in a vividngaging style the authors focus on the last year of the Nixon White House concentrating King For Ever especially on the last few weeks with Nixon desperately trying to cling to power when it became crystal clear to almostveryone that his only real choice was between resignation and impeachment But unlike the previous book the authors do not chronicle their own saga and adventures as they try to uncover the Watergate scandal Instead this book is based on the first hand recollections of many people who had daily contact at high levels of the administrationMuch of the time is spent focusing on Nixon s legal defense team and his Chief of Staff General Alexander Haig Haig comes across as an opportunist someone who makes an attempt to be loyal to his superior but really only so it can ultimately serve his own purposes In much the same spirit as his predecessor hr haldeman haig tries as his predecessor HR Haldeman Haig tries restrict access to Nixon This actually speaks about Nixon and his reclusiveness than it does about Haig yet Haig seemed incapable of leveling with Nixon on the reality of his situation I find this characterization interesting in that this book was written well before Haig s infamous flame out
As Secretary Of State Secretary of State Ronald Reagan Henry Kissinger also comes across in a less than stellar way being portrayed as having a paranoia about Four Corners Level 4 Workbook eual to that of Nixon s and trying to cover up his own foul deeds concerning illegal wire tapping This should not surprise anyone who has a general knowledge of who Kissinger was and how he operated Woodward and Bernstein do not really say anything about him that you can t find written in many other places They do acknowledge that Kissinger basically kept US foreign policy from being dragged under by Watergate and that is not an insignificant featspecially given the tensions inherent in the Middle East at the time and also with the US still smarting over Vietnam Woodward and Bernstein at the beginning of the book write about their standards for putting things into the book since almost verything in here is based on first hand observations and thoughts by the participants involved They. Odward portray the taut post Watergate White House as Nixon his family his staff and many members of Congress strained desperately to prevent. .
Do sane people seek the Presidency At least these days it appears the candidates themselves truly want the job The American people no longer get faceless hacks like Warren Harding selected by the party behind closed doorsRichard Nixon was sane but he had serious psychological problems No lover of humanity no glad hander this man of dark thoughts who you would think to be the last to succeed in politics improbably made it to the highest office in the land His character defects were nabled to flower by the power of office Suddenly he could freely indulge in one of his pleasures going after and punishing his nemies His fragile go could never tolerate a slight no insult was The Hermetica Of Elysium The Elysium Texts 1 ever forgotten and insults were perceivedven when those accused had no idea their actions had that resultThis obsession with getting Ancient Inca even was topped off with a sense of martyrdom Even before Watergatexploded in his face Richard Nixon was convinced he was fighting the good fight largely alone and unsupported a righteous man doing battle against hopeless odds but prevailing Pathetically when he had been stripped of any rational reason to remain in office or to maintain that he was innocent he fell back on not being a uitterThe oddest thing of all to those of us looking from the outside was the taping system he put in place to assure his legacy That would not be so strange Revenant except that the man proceeded to put his own deviousness on audio record knowing full well he was doing so This astounded the nationNixon has not been the only President tongage in very uestionable behavior though he did reach a low in that it was criminal What caused him trouble was the tapes If not for those he would have sailed right through office like any other President made possible by the general awe of the office plus the power over his staff who almost without The Hebrides exception would fall on their swords rather than not be a loyal member of the team With this immense psychological hold on so many people obedience to the law or telling the truth seem like minor things Nixon only was ousted because he literally convicted himself with his own voiceWoodward and Bernstein bring all the intricacy of the operation of the White House to light Right and wrong have no meaning in an addiction to the support of power The President loses his head unable to distinguish the office from the self Though the founding fathers put the separation of powers into place there is no way to protect a man from being beguiled by himselfMany many pages are consumed with people showing how loyal they can be fearing to call the man a criminal dismissing illegality as inconseuential in comparison with all the great feats of statesmanship It is only when people read the transcript of the tape where Nixon is heard admitting the cover up and urging it on that the man loses supportNixon was in a contest with fate which as the Greeks knew many centuries ago cannot be bested His downfall was the result of who he was The President of the United States is reduced to seeking the approval of his barber alone with the man for a final haircut on his last day in office It was the one point in the book where mymotions were touchedI have no doubt that for Where Are You Going You Monkeys each of us if we live longnough we will discover who we truly are and why we do what we do With luck self knowledge comes before tragedy but the one is surrounded by courtiers the less likely a positive outcomeThis is a terrific book highly rated and deserving of it It recounts the fall of a man but a glorious high point in the history of the nation when the promise of the law being applicable to all came closest to being a fact A lengthy highly intelligent and nuanced account overly long perhaps of the legal and personal issues surrounding the final collapse and resignation of the Nixon Presidency Marvelous portraits of the people involved specially Kissinger Haig Buzhardt St Clair Julie and David Eisenhower and
Nixon himself Cold yed and analytical but also surprisingly sympathetic in part Far better than later Woodward books Kindle dition This was written by highly respected Washington Post investigative reporters Woodward and Bernstein and covered the last 6 mos of Richard Nixon s Presidency classified their interviews as deep cover Theyfollowed the Watergate break which lead the reporters to Nixon s abuse of power obstruction of justice money laundering of donated to Nixon s re Atlas Of Operative Craniofacial Surgery election so on Nixon had a strained Presidency to start between he Kissinger Kissinger and Haig Ziegler and nearlyveryone Kissinger served as Secretary of State National Security Advisor General Haig as Chief ofStaff last 15 mos only Ziegler as taciturn Press Secretary Diane Sawyer future ABC TV journalist served under Ziegler Kissinger The Dom With The Kink Monsters Badass Brats 4 expressed to a select few his being unimpressed with Nixon s intellectual rigor House Judiciary Committee HJC the Senate Select Committeeach independently investigated the vents of Watergate the 61772 break in of Democratic Party H They learned Nixon had an automatic taperecording system of his Oval Office convos The Secret Service had authorization to remove these tapes from the safe Nixon refused to release the tapes or trans scripts of same to Judge Sirica using the smoke screen of national security The smoking gun tape dated 62372 proved that Nixon
of Nixon himself Cold yed and analytical but also surprisingly sympathetic in part Far better than
Lead A Cover Up a cover up crimes related to Watergate He told the CIA to obstruct or slow down the FBI s Watergate investigation Special Prosecutor Jaworski took the case to the Supreme Court by passing the lower court the SCOTUS forced Nixon by a vote of 8 0 with 1 Justice abstaining to hand over the subpoenaed tapes During this aforementioned 6 month time period staff members of Congress son in laws and friends described Nixon in whole or in part as a liar a madman nutty unstable unraveled and in a dream world Also staff legislators family reported Nixon drank heavily from June 1972 to the date of his resignation THE HJC handed down 3 articles of impeachment against Nixon then if the House as a whole had a majority vote against Nixon the Senate would possibly have a hearingto convict and remove Nixon from office If it landed in the Senate the upper House 34 of 100 Senators votingon Nixon s side would prevent Nixon s conviction removal The Democrats held a majority in the House Senate The author s did a good job of probing Nixon s state of mind Nixon claimed being innocent of the charges persecuted his words Nixon vascilated back and forth between fighting for his job or resigning Nixon resigned 8974 in favor of new President Gerald Ford Nixon s Vice President Richard Pat Nixon had their 34th wedding anniversaryin 1974 We learned Pat threatened to divorce him in 1962 because she felt unprepared to live in the spotlight Reportedly from 1962 onward these 2 led separate lives Trained attorney Nixon knew better than to obstruct justice He had 3 attorneys who worked on the Watergate case on his behalf and by design he kept them in the dark He lied to his attorneys Cabinet members supporters on both sidesof the aisle Also to friends and family What a riveting book for history buffs and policy wonks So much detail I took some notes Edited to add I ve got a few thoughts on Woodward and Bernstein s The Final Days which is both and less timely than it might seem at first This isn t really a book about Nixon though he s a major character and you learn important things about him see below Rather this is a book about the staff lawyers and loyalists who as late 1973 and the summer of 1974 were still credulous nough to believe him that he neither knew about the various crimes related to Waterga. The Final Days is the classic behind the scenes account of Richard Nixon's dramatic last months as president Moment by moment Bernstein and Wo.
characters The Final DaysSaid that they left out anything that they could not confirm Taking them at their word that makes the events of this book all the incredible the delusional thinking of Nixon s daughter Julie and some of the staff members such as Ken Clawson people who refused to accept that Nixon had done anything wrong the professional rivalry and disdain between Nixon s lawyers Fred Buzhardt and James St Clair the machinations of Haig and most of all the tortured behavior of Nixon himself Nixon vacillated constantly between deciding to fight through a certainly unwinnable impeachment trial in the Senate and deciding to resign Of all the interesting revelations in this book what most struck me was when Buzhardt told Haig about Nixon providing some Dictabelt recordings that he Nixon had made on many random subjects These were Nixon s innermost personal thoughts about people places andvents It strikes me as inordinately sad that Nixon did not have anyone who he truly felt comfortable with as far as being able to share his feelings I am neither a Nixon hater nor an apologist I find many things that he did repulsive and on the whole I consider him to have caused serious harm to the country mainly due to his treasonous actions in railroading Lyndon Johnson s 1968 peace initiative to try to nd the Vietnam War and for the intense distrust between the media and the lected leaders of this country that his actions in both Vietnam and Watergate have perpetuated By no means is he is completely responsible for the latter nor did it begin with him But he sure gave it a good boost and I still think Watergate warps our sense of the Presidency today Also as the tapes clearly showed he was racist and bent on destroying his The Horus Heresy enemies whenever possible Yet at the same time he seemed capable ofxtreme kindness to people and I do think that he really wanted to make the United States a better country when he left it than when he found it At times I feel bad when I think about what happened to him But often I am appalled at his atrocious behavior and action Good Celia And The Wolf eveningThis is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this Nation Andach time I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believe affected the national interest I now understand I made some of you feel slightly on The Byzantine Republic edge I understand now that I have a problem withye contact and passive aggression For that I am sorryIn all the decisions I have made in my public life I have always tried to do what was best for the parts of the Nation which I happen to like Throughout the long and difficult period of Watergate I have felt it was my duty to persevere to make Adams Gene And The Mitochondrial Eve every possibleffort to complete the term of office to which you The Little Red Hen Beginning Reader Illustrated elected me To cling on by my fingertips as you might sayIn the past few days however it has becomevident to me that I no longer have a strong Brother Bullet enough political base in the Congress to justify continuing thatffort Great boots have been stamping down on my clutching fingertips The whole thing has become nauseating As long as there was able to be clinging without stamping I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the constitutional process through to its conclusion that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately difficult process and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future But with the stamping I now believe that the constitutional purpose has been served and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged I have damaged hands and will probably not be able to fondle my various pets which were gifts and not bribes in the future as I have in the past in spite of what my political nemies will have you understandMy family unanimously urged me to do so But the interests of the Nation must always come before any personal considerationsFrom the discussions I have had with Congressional and other leaders I have concluded that because of the slight Watergate matter which I had not been fully informed about until ten or twelve minutes ago I might not have the full support of CongressI have never been a uitter I have been a clinger and a receiver of pet gifts and a serial underminer of the nation s morale but never a uitter To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to very instinct in my body I am racked with horror the very bile rises in my throat as I contemplate leaving the White House whilst the Democratic Party is still intact But as President I must put the interest of America first America needs a full time President and a full time Congress particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroadTo continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication and the vindication of my little dogs my horses and other political affiliations and to prove how third rate the burglary was which began this whole sorry story would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the President and the Congress in a period when our Enter The Dragon entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation at homeTherefore I shall re I shall therefore re I shall I shall GgggSnnngggAnd Vice President Ford will be sworn in as President from noon tomorrow As I understand the matter his first act will be to pardon me for any high crimes and misdemeanors committed by other peopleAs I recall the high hopes for America with which we began this second term I feel a great sadness that I will not be here in this office working on your behalf to achieve those hopes in the next 2 12 years But in turning over direction of the Government to Vice President Ford I know as I told the Nation when I nominated him for that office 10 months ago to replace Spiro T Agnew who had just been jailed for high crimes and misdemeanours as you will recall that the leadership of America will be in hands which can be counted on not to drop too many important thingsBy taking this action I hope that I will have hastened the start of that process ofscaping which is so desperately needed by the President right nowI regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the vents that led to this decision I would say only that if some of my judgments were wrong and some were wrong they were wrong because really they were right and I say that in the spirit of humility and of taking a firm stand against verything which isn t in the best interests of this great nation of oursTo those who have stood with me during these past difficult months to my family my friends to many others who joined in supporting my cause because they believed it was right I will friends to many others who joined in supporting my cause because they believed it was right I will Ang Mga Love Dilemma Ni Jane eternally grateful for your support and will be visiting you in your various correctional facilities of that you may be assuredAnd to those who have not felt able to give me your support let me say I leave with no bitterness toward those who have opposed me because all of us in the final analysis are wrongven though some of us are rightI shall leave this office with bitterness and deep regret at and yet I believe that future historians will recognise Watergate and
ALL IT REPRESENTS AS OFit represents as of greatest achievementsSometimes I have succeeded and sometimes I have failed but always I have succeeded I pledge to you tonight that as long as I have a breath of life in my body I shall continue to liveGod bless AmericaGoodnight We watched this slightly fuzzy film and some parts were just so similar to today Give it a goFull filmDescription The Final Days is the classic behind the scenes account of Richard Nixon s dramatic last months as president Moment by moment His inevitable resignation This brilliant book reveals the ordeal of Nixon's fall from office one of the gravest crises in presidential histor. ,