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Watergate: A Brief History with Documents, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8848-7
240 pages
December 2009, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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The second edition of Watergate: A Brief History with Documents presents a collection of relevant historic documents from Nixon's acceptance speech at the 1968 Republican National Convention to his 1974 pardon.
  • Includes transcripts of recently-released Watergate tapes that reveal Nixon’s thoughts and reactions to events as they unfolded, and that deal with the identity of the anonymous source known as ‘Deep Throat’.
  • Uses the crisis to explain how American politics and law work and provides an indication of the way the country may handle future crises
  • Provides brief summaries of what happened to various Watergate participants
  • Covers the entire span of time from Nixon's 1968 acceptance speech at the RNC until his pardon in 1974
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Acknowledgments

The Cast of Characters

Introduction

Watergate: A Brief History

1. Richard Nixon: At Work and in His Own Words

Acceptance Speech: 1968

The Personality of the President

The Man on Top

2. The White House Horrors

Plumbers and Enemies

3. The Watergate Break-In

The Burglary

The Role of the President's Campaign Committee

What Did the White House Know?

The White House Reacts: Private and Public Comment

4. Cover-Up! The White House Responds

The "Smoking Gun": Using the CIA

The Money Trail

"Stonewalling" and Perjury

5. The Conspiracy Unravels: Judge Sirica, the Ellsberg Case, the Senate, and the Special Prosecutor

Fatal White House Leaks

Sirica and McCord

Defections: Dean and Magruder

The Ellsberg Case

Nixon Responds

The President and His Men: Taped Conversations, February–April 1973

Haldeman and Ehrlichman Resign

The Special Prosecutor

The Special Prosecutor: Nixon's Reaction

The Special Prosecutor Takes Over

Senate Select Committee: John Dean

Senate Select Committee: Ehrlichman and Haldeman

Senate Select Committee: Revelation of the Tapes

6. The Tapes and the Saturday Night Massacre

The Battle for the Tapes

The President Retreats

October: The Cruelest Month

The Saturday Night Massacre

The President Succumbs

The New Special Prosecutor

The 18½-Minute Tape Gap

7. The Final Agony: Impeachment, Resignation, Pardon

Nixon Embattled

The Impeachment Inquiry

U.S. v. Nixon

Resignation

The Pardon

Appendix

Watergate Special Prosecution Force Criminal Actions Final Report, 1975

Bibliographical Note

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Stanley I. Kutler is the E. Gordon Fox Professor Emeritus of American Institutions, History, and Law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of several books on American history, including Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes (1997), which resulted from his successful lawsuit against the National Archives and Nixon that forced the release of the long-suppressed Watergate tapes. He is also the author of The Wars of Watergate (1990).
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  • This updated second edition includes transcripts of recently-released Watergate tapes that reveal Nixon’s thoughts and reactions to events as they unfolded, and that deal with the identity of the anonymous source known as ‘Deep Throat’
See More
  • This updated second edition includes transcripts of recently-released Watergate tapes that reveal Nixon’s thoughts and reactions to events as they unfolded, and that deal with the identity of the anonymous source known as ‘Deep Throat’
  • Uses the crisis to explain how American politics and law work and provides an indication of the way the country may handle future crises
  • Provides brief summaries of what happened to various Watergate participants
  • Covers the entire timespan from Nixon's 1968 acceptance speech at the RNC until his pardon in 1974
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“With his judicious selection of documents and his insightful and clear narrative, Stanley Kutler, the dean of Watergate historians, provides the best brief treatment of the greatest political scandal in American history.”
Melvin Small, Wayne State University, author of The Presidency of Richard Nixon

“Professor Kutler is the indispensable historian of Watergate, and this is the indispensable sourcebook -- the key documents, placed in the deep context that only an expert can provide.”
Stanley N. Katz, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, editor-in-chief of The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History

“A fair-minded and accessible collection of key documents on the most important political/ constitutional scandal of the twentieth century, with succinct introductory essays by the acknowledged expert on the history of Watergate.”
Jeffrey P. Kimball, Miami University, author of Nixon’s Vietnam War

“Four decades after Nixon’s election, Watergate remains the greatest constitutional crisis of our times, and any scholar, student, or citizen wishing to understand its enormity – and why it rocked the nation like no act of executive wrongdoing before or since – should peruse the documents in this indispensable volume.”
David Greenberg, Rutgers University, author of Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image
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