Based on Nixon’s ignored recordings, New York Times bestselling writer John W. Dean connects the dots among what we’ve come to think approximately Watergate and what really happened
Watergate eternally replaced American politics, and in mild of the revelations concerning the NSA’s common surveillance application, the scandal has taken on new value. but remarkably, 4 many years after Nixon was once pressured to renounce, not anyone has instructed the total tale of his involvement in Watergate.
In The Nixon Defense, former White apartment assistance John W. Dean, one of many final significant surviving figures of Watergate, attracts on his personal transcripts of virtually 1000 conversations, a wealth of Nixon’s secretly recorded info, and greater than 150,000 pages of files within the nationwide records and the Nixon Library to supply the definitive resolution to the query: What did President
Nixon recognize and whilst did he be aware of it?
Through narrative and contemporaneous discussion, Dean connects dots that experience by no means been attached, together with revealing how and why the Watergate break-in happened, what was once at the mysterious 18 0.5 minute hole in Nixon’s recorded conversations, and more.
In what is going to stand because the so much authoritative account of 1 of America’s worst political scandals, The Nixon Defense indicates how the disastrous blunders of Watergate might have been refrained from and gives a cautionary story for our personal time.
By Jonathan Darman
In politics, the guy who takes the top spot after a landslide isn't status on stable ground.
during this riveting paintings of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the tale of 2 giants of yankee politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and indicates how, from 1963 to 1966, those men—the comparable age, and pushed through a similar heroic ambitions—changed American politics forever.
The liberal and the conservative. The deal-making arm tornado and the cool communicator. The Texas rancher and the Hollywood big name. Opposites in politics and elegance, Johnson and Reagan shared a defining impulse: to set forth a grand tale of the USA, a narrative during which he may be the hero. within the tumultuous days after the Kennedy assassination, Johnson and Reagan each one, in flip, seized the opportunity to supply the rustic a brand new imaginative and prescient for the longer term. Bringing to existence their vibrant personalities and the fearful temper of the United States in a considerably transformative time, Darman indicates how, in promising the most unlikely, Johnson and Reagan together dismantled the lengthy American culture of consensus politics and ushered in a brand new period of fracture. historical past involves existence in Darman’s bright, fly-on-the wall storytelling.
at the same time Johnson publicly revels in his triumphs, we see him develop enthusiastic about darkish forces he believes are out to spoil him, whereas his spouse, woman fowl, urges her husband to place apart his paranoia and spot the realm because it relatively is. and because the warfare in Vietnam threatens to overhaul his presidency, we witness Johnson desperately suffering to compensate with ever extra extravagant can provide for his nice Society.
at the different aspect of the rustic, Ronald Reagan, a fading actor years faraway from his Hollywood glory, steadily turns towards a brand new occupation in California politics. We watch him supplying speeches to crowds who're determined for a brand new chief. And we see him wielding his well-honed intuition for timing, awaiting Johnson’s majestic offers to end up empty ahead of he steps again into the highlight, on his lengthy trip towards the presidency.
From Johnson’s election in 1964, the best popular-vote landslide in American background, to the pivotal 1966 midterms, whilst Reagan burst forth onto the nationwide degree, Landslide brings alive a rustic transformed—by riots, protests, the increase of tv, the shattering of consensus—and the 2 towering personalities whose offerings in these moments could reverberate throughout the nation for many years to come.
Praise for Landslide
“Richly specified . . . Landslide is a brilliant retelling of a tumultuous 3 years in American background, and Mr. Darman captures in complete the personalities and causes of 2 of the 20 th century’s such a lot consequential politicians.”—The manhattan Times
“Novel or even extraordinary . . . Landslide deftly reminds readers that Johnson and Reagan either trafficked in grandiose oratory and promoted utopian visions at odds with the social complexity of contemporary America.”—The Washington Post
“Riveting . . . Darman portrays [Johnson and Reagan] as polar opposites of political charm. . . . lively through the crafty perception that they have been males of sadness headed towards an appointment with background . . . A story approximately myths and a country that believed them, a few global of a part century in the past now long gone forever.”—The Boston Globe
“Alert to the subtleties of politics and political historical past, Darman, a former correspondent for Newsweek, nimbly explores fantasy and self-delusion on the maximum levels.”—The big apple instances booklet Review
By Jay Feldman
A riveting and unsettling heritage of the attack on civil rights and liberties in America—from global warfare I to the conflict on Terror—by the acclaimed writer of When the Mississippi Ran Backwards.
In this bold and wide-ranging account, Jay Feldman takes us from the run-up to international battle I and its anti-German hysteria to the September eleven assaults and Arizona’s present anti-immigration circulation. What we see is a awesome trend of elected officers and personal electorate alike utilizing the yank people’s fears and prejudices to isolate minorities (ethnic, racial, political, spiritual, or sexual), silence dissent, and stem the expansion of civil rights and liberties. instead of treating this background as a sequence of discrete moments, Feldman considers the complete programmatic sweep on a scale not anyone has but approached. In doing so, he offers us a powerful reminder of the way, even in the USA, democracy and civil liberties are by no means guaranteed.
By John McPhee
The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, around the 40th parallel and down via 4.6 billion years
Twenty years in the past, whilst John McPhee all started his trips from side to side around the usa, he deliberate to explain a pass portion of North the US at in regards to the 40th parallel and, within the approach, come to an knowing not just of the technology yet of the fashion of the geologists he traveled with. The constitution of the e-book by no means replaced, yet its breadth prompted him to accomplish it in levels, less than the general identify Annals of the previous World.
Like the terrain it covers, Annals of the previous World tells a multilayered story, and the reader could opt for one of the paths via it. As in actual fact and succinctly written because it is profoundly expert, this can be our best well known survey of geology and a masterpiece of recent nonfiction.
Annals of the previous global is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.
For greater than thirty years, Jonathan Raban has written with infectious fascination approximately humans and locations in transition or at the margins, approximately trips undertaken and locations by no means relatively reached, and, as an expat, approximately what it skill to believe rooted in the US. Spanning 20 years, Driving domestic charts a direction in the course of the Pacific Northwest, American historical past, and present occasions as witnessed by way of "a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye. Proving that an intruder is the keenest observer of the scene that natives take with no consideration, this choice of Jonathan Raban’s essays affirms his position because the so much literate, perceptive, and funny commentator at the locations, characters, and obsessions that represent the yankee scene. Raban spots issues we'd another way leave out; he calls up the apt metaphors that rework issues into phenomena. "He is one in every of our so much talented observers." (Newsday).
By James Hynes
One guy, someday, and a unique bursting with drama, comedy, and humanity.
By Todd R. Clear
On January 30, 1847, the small harbor village of Yerba Buena used to be rechristened "San Francisco." because the Gold Rush speedy propelled the inhabitants to over 50,000, fortunes made within the silver Comstock lode and the railroad remodeled the realm into the monetary and cultural middle of the West. Captured the following in over two hundred classic photos are the existence and occasions of the city's earliest citizens and their livelihoods. Spanning the mid-1800s during the early a long time of the 20 th century, this e-book bargains a visible account of youth in San Francisco, from kin outings at Golden Gate Park, to the photographs of San Franciscans rebuilding their urban after the devastating Earthquake and hearth of 1906. additionally pictured are the joyous events, together with the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, the openings of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, and the 1939 World's reasonable. Early perspectives of the city's landmarks seize the magic of the Bay region, corresponding to the Ferry Depot, Nob Hill, flip of the century Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf.
By Howard Blum
An account of the USA government's determination to summon 17 of the international locations intelligence experts to a best mystery assembly within the Pentagon in an try and clear up the secret of no matter if the human race is on my own within the universe. Blum additionally wrote sought after! the hunt for Nazis in the US.