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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 vii

The Cast of Characters viii

Introduction 1

Watergate: A Brief History 5

I Richard Nixon: At Work and in His Own Words 9

Acceptance Speech: 1968 9

The Personality of the President 10

The Man on Top 12

II The White House Horrors 19

Plumbers and Enemies 19

III The Watergate Break-In 31

The Burglary 31

The Role of the President’s Campaign Committee 34

What Did the White House Know? 36

The White House Reacts: Private and Public Comment 37

IV Cover-Up! The White House Responds 41

The “Smoking Gun”: Using the CIA 41

The Money Trail 47

“Stonewalling” and Perjury 59

V The Conspiracy Unravels: Judge Sirica, the Ellsberg Case, the Senate, and the Special Prosecutor 75

Fatal White House Leaks 75

Sirica and McCord 76

Defections: Dean and Magruder 79

The Ellsberg Case 82

Nixon Responds 87

The President and His Men: Taped Conversations, February–April 1973 90

Haldeman and Ehrlichman Resign 109

The Special Prosecutor 111

The Special Prosecutor: Nixon’s Reaction 114

The Special Prosecutor Takes Over 117

Senate Select Committee: John Dean 117

Senate Select Committee: Ehrlichman and Haldeman 122

Senate Select Committee: Revelation of the Tapes 131

VI The Tapes and the Saturday Night Massacre 135

The Battle for the Tapes 135

The President Retreats 145

October: The Cruelest Month 148

The Saturday Night Massacre 155

The President Succumbs 156

The New Special Prosecutor 158

The 18½-Minute Tape Gap 163

VII The Final Agony: Impeachment, Resignation, Pardon 167

Nixon Embattled 167

The Impeachment Inquiry 176

U.S. v. Nixon 190

Resignation 198

The Pardon 203

Appendix 207

Watergate Special Prosecution Force Criminal Actions Final Report, 1975 207

Bibliographical Note 219

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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’
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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’
  • 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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