Bob Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Richard Nixon puzzle in his new book, The Last of the President's Men. Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system that changed history and led to Nixon's resignation. In 46 hours of interviews with Butterfield, supported by thousands of documents, many of them original and not in the presidential archives and libraries, Woodward has uncovered new dimensions of Nixon's secrets, obsessions, and deceptions.
The Last of the President's Men could not be more timely and relevant as voters question: How much do we know about those who are now seeking the presidency in 2016 - what really drives them, how do they really make decisions, who do they surround themselves with, and what are their true political and personal values?
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Alexander Butterfield was President Nixon’s White House Aide, who revealed the existence of the secret recording system in the White House when testifying to the Senate Watergate Committee on July 16, 1973.
The book is well written and researched. Woodward is well known as the journalist that broke the Watergate story. Woodward states he interviewed Butterfield for forty hours and also had access to the Butterfield papers and the national archive of Watergate papers. Before becoming a White House Aide Butterfield was a career Air Force officer. He was a college classmate of H. R. Haldeman. Butterfield left his job as an Aide at the end of Nixon’s first term and went to work for the FAA.
The book provides new information and insight into Nixon and it also amplifies existing knowledge. Woodward also adds his own comments and information that he had gathered and published when appropriate in the story. I was most interested in what Butterfield said about Pat Nixon; that she was a “borderline abused” wife, ignored, or treated with chilly distain by Nixon.
I found this book so interesting I finished it in one sitting. The book is short, only six hours but is packed with lots of information. Campbell Scott does a good job narrating the book.
This is another fascinating look at how the Nixon administration came tumbling down. Through the words of Alexander Butterfield as told by Bob Woodward we learn what it was like behind the scenes of one of the most dramatic presidencies in American history. Nixon remains the most fascinating character ever to grace the American political stage.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am not, a history buff. It was amazing to learn so many facts about an event I was aware of at the time it happened, but really knew very little about it.
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Students of Watergate know Alex Butterfield as the one who disclosed the White House taping system. Few probably know his story to the depths this book takes it. This is a fascinating and important addition to the Watergate library. Rather than just another retelling of a familiar story, this book puts the spotlight on a staff member who was at the center of action but more often than not has been written into the shadows of history. No more! I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in seeing another facet of Nixon, Watergate and presidential politics.
This is "the rest of the story". The behind the scenes to ATPM. And an absolutely frightening account of how someone who was no doubt mentally ill became POTUS. The similarities of the GOP of the late 60s/early 70s and the GOP now should scare anyone who claims to be a Patriot. The damage Nixon did the office and the country is still felt today and is very much part and parcel to the election of 2016. We wouldn't be this deep in the muck if not for a mentally ill Nixon spreading his paranoia, narcissism, and sociopathy through every level of national government.
I am amazed at all the factors that people are either privy to or not and how it changes perceptions, judgements and conclusions. i am glad to have read this book.
I learned about a side of Richard Nixon I didn't know about. Enjoyed a lot. Makes me want to learn more about the Nixon adminstration. The book showed a side of Nixon that I thought was only legend.
After the declassification of the Nixon documents and all the tapes, after many have forgotten about watergate comes this revealing book that provides further insight of the administration that Nixon ran and his quirks. Great book
I found Watergate to be fascinating at the time and the in depth look from Woodward has always been informative and enjoyable. Butterfield's perspective add depth to the subject.
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