Packed with revelations, Abuse of Power offers a spellbinding portrait of raw power and a Shakespearean depiction of a King and his court. Now, in this dramatic reconstruction of the tapes, the personalities of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, Haig, Kissinger, and Dean are vividly captured in their own words. Finally, the full story of Nixon's downfall can be told.
©1997 Stanley I Kutler; (P)2009 Phoenix Books
First, William Windom's surname is misspelled. I hope someone will correct that one day. Second, he does a great job as Nixon. I've heard the actual tapes but could not always understand what was said. I'm glad they recreated the text so listeners can follow every word, still a chore given Nixon's verbal ping-ponging. So many actors have played Nixon over the past few years. I won't forget Frank Langella in the film version of the Nixon/Frost interviews. WW will leave his mark on this acting legacy as well.
The audible version of this book is somewhat disappointing: the characters are actors, which is surprising since, to the best of my knowledge, clean and digitized versions of the tapes are available. The actor playing Nixon is especially bad, he speaks much faster and is accent is very different. The other actors are not much better.
The tapes, fascinating in the beginning, become redundant after awhile. Nevertheless, it is an amazing piece of history, and in spite of the audio's shortcomings, I would still buy it again.
The "dramatizing" of this material makes it easier to comprehend and reveals clearly the events, words and act that resulted in Nixon's political and personal downfall.
The actor who portrays Nixon captures the essence of the tapes. He crystallizes excerpts from the tapes, which in print can come off as cryptic and confusing,
After studying Watergate, reading a number of books and articles, I finally have a clear idea of the scope of the issue - the number of people involved, the amount of time Nixon spent attempting to quash the issue and how easily Nixon was willing to sellout his most loyal staffers.
A great listen.
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