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The Resource Nixon's gamble : how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration, Ray Locker

Nixon's gamble : how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration, Ray Locker

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Nixon's gamble : how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration
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Nixon's gamble
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how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration
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Ray Locker
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Nixons gamble
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how a presidents own secret government destroyed his administration
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eng
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"After taking the Oath of Office, Richard Nixon announced that 'government will listen ... Those who have been left out, we will try to bring in' and signed National Security Decision Memorandum 2. Using years of research and newly released NSC and administration documents, Ray Locker upends conventional wisdom about the Nixon presidency and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extra-constitutional government undermined U.S. policy and values; and sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today"--
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  • Locker, a USA Today investigative reporter focusing on politics and Congress, reconstructs the rise and fall of Richard Nixon. His well-conceived thesis is that Nixon believed the entrenched, self-interested forces of Washington—the national press corps, Congress, and the CIA, FBI, and Pentagon—were making it impossible for him to achieve his goals: reaching an arms agreement with the Soviets, establishing a détente with China, and ending the Vietnam War. Determined to succeed at any cost, Nixon stealthily created a shadow government adept at secret foreign policy initiatives. According to Locker, Nixon’s commitment to secrecy generated a culture of domestic spying, fostering the infamous break-ins, until “cover-up begat cover-up” and led to Nixon’s demise. Locker describes Nixon’s machinations in minute detail, and readers may be overwhelmed by the narrative’s parade of large and small players, but they will marvel at Nixon’s drive, paranoia, duplicity, and accomplishments. Surprisingly, while the unfolding of the world events makes for captivating reading, the debacles of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate seem like an old story. In Locker’s view, Nixon’s successes place him high in the pantheon of effective presidents, but his perfidy makes an equally compelling narrative of failure. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 31, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 35, p)
  • Richard Nixon (1913–94) remains a fascinating subject for historians of all stripes. Locker, an investigative reporter for USA Today , applies his ample research skills to exploring Nixon's penchant for secrecy and deception during his six years as president. The focus centers on Nixon's three primary foreign policy goals: ending the Vietnam War, restoring diplomatic relations with China, and reducing Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union. In order to accomplish these disparate objectives, Locker maintains, Nixon created a complex secretive network so extensive that even his closest advisors, such as Henry Kissinger, didn't know the whole truth behind his actions. The author utilizes a wide range of primary and secondary resources to spin his tale, and at times the facts are indeed stranger than fiction as he lists the consequences of the National Security Decision Memoranda and concludes that Nixon's "climate of secrecy" continues to impact politics today. VERDICT A well-told, detailed account that will satisfy even the most dedicated Nixon scholar. Recommended for most collections.— Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames --Ed Goedeken (Reviewed September 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 14, p120)
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10451990
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Locker, Ray
Dewey number
973.924092
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Official secrets
  • Paranoia
  • Revenge
  • Political culture
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
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how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration
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Nixon's gamble : how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration, Ray Locker
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Taking the gamble. Origins ; Nixon takes charge (1969) ; First moves (1969) ; The secret wiretaps (1969) ; The military's harsh awakening (1969) ; Cooking intelligence with SALT (1969-1970) ; The Cambodia sideshow (1970) ; Nixon's war with the FBI (1970) ; Chile (1970) ; Laos and other crises (1970-1971) ; China (1971) ; Pentagon papers and FBI (1971) ; India-Pakistan (1971) ; Triumphs (1972) ; Watergate and early cover-up (1972) -- The unraveling. Early 1973 ; May 1973 ; The White House tapes ; Spy ring cover-up (1973-1974) ; Impeachment (1974) -- Epilogue. Ramifications
Control code
1497511
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 339 pages
Isbn
9781493009312
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(hardcover)
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2015030923
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781493009312
  • (OCoLC)918986551
Label
Nixon's gamble : how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration, Ray Locker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Taking the gamble. Origins ; Nixon takes charge (1969) ; First moves (1969) ; The secret wiretaps (1969) ; The military's harsh awakening (1969) ; Cooking intelligence with SALT (1969-1970) ; The Cambodia sideshow (1970) ; Nixon's war with the FBI (1970) ; Chile (1970) ; Laos and other crises (1970-1971) ; China (1971) ; Pentagon papers and FBI (1971) ; India-Pakistan (1971) ; Triumphs (1972) ; Watergate and early cover-up (1972) -- The unraveling. Early 1973 ; May 1973 ; The White House tapes ; Spy ring cover-up (1973-1974) ; Impeachment (1974) -- Epilogue. Ramifications
Control code
1497511
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 339 pages
Isbn
9781493009312
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015030923
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781493009312
  • (OCoLC)918986551

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