The Nixon Tapes: 1973
Douglas Brinkley, Luke Nichter
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The blueprint for Nixon’s downfall, based on tapes released from 2010 to 2013, most of which have never been published. When The Nixon Tapes: 1971–72 was published in August of 2014, it jumped immediately onto the NY Times bestseller list & captivated media attention for its many revelations. Brinkley & Nichter’s heroic efforts to transcribe & annotate the highlights of over 3700 hours of recorded conversations provided an unprecedented window into the inner workings of a momentous presidency. Now, with a concluding volume to cover the final year of the Nixon taping system, they tell the rest of the story—once again with revelations on every page, including: how Nixon & Kissinger knew privately that the 1/73 Vietnam peace agreement wouldn't hold, how Nixon & Kissinger anticipated the Yom Kippur War, Nixon’s threat to send a “division” of tanks to kill Native Americans at the Wounded Knee standoff & more...
With Nixon’s dominating 1972 reelection receding into the background & the Watergate scandal looming, The Nixon Tapes: 1973 reveals the inside story of the tragedy that followed the triumph.
but—? HAIG: No, the incident rate has been slowly and very mildly decreasing. NIXON: But only mildly, right. I noticed—that’s what I meant. Some, but just very slowly. Yeah. HAIG: But I think the, the danger is that there are a combination of reasons for it in Cambodia. There have been a series of violations across the board in Laos, South Vietnam, and, of course, no action at all in Cambodia, although we didn’t expect that initially. The areas that worry me the most are the broad
lawyer was— NIXON: Now, here’s what’s in that— HALDEMAN: —looked into. NIXON: —[unclear] and third, there are charges of money—of money with cash [unclear]. HALDEMAN: I have a whole list of the general charges. NIXON: Well, the point is on the money thing, I’d lob it in that. I’d say it says here, “The money—yes, there was three hundred fifty thousand dollars left over from the campaign in 1970. It was delivered to the White House.” HALDEMAN: You see, that ties to the same fund
also. NIXON: Well, then we ought to move on that, too. DEAN: Mm-hmm. NIXON: That’s my point. You see— DEAN: It’s unfortunate that I—you know, I’m hoping that the ultimate resolution of this thing is that no one has any problems. And that’s possible— NIXON: Legally. DEAN: —legally. NIXON: That’s right. Which I hope is your case, too. In other words, when I say no one, nobody at the White House staff—not you, not Colson, not Ehrlichman, not Haldeman. Because goddamn it! Let me
our democracy.” On that same morning, Nixon and Buzhardt talked through the dates relevant to the Huston Plan. One of those whose name was pulled into the discussion was James Schlesinger, the acting director of the CIA. Raised in Chicago, Schlesinger was educated at Harvard, culminating with a PhD, an economist with a special knowledge of nuclear power. Schlesinger chaired the Atomic Energy Commission in the Nixon administration until February 1973, when Helms was forced out as CIA director over
[unclear]. They had McCloskey [unclear] too, and then they put out [unclear]. I hope the fellows on the Hill are not panicking because of that thing [unclear] over the weekend. HAIG: I don’t have any signs of panic this morning. That’s why I’ll tell you—we’re over the hump. Hell, if this had been three weeks ago you’d be in—our phones would be buzzing every minute. NIXON: Would they? HAIG: Yes, sir. But, the—our—we’re getting close to the time when we won’t really want it dismantled.