The blueprint for Nixon’s downfall, based on tapes released from 2010 to 2013, most of which have never been published
When The Nixon Tapes: 1971–1972 was published in August of 2014, it jumped immediately onto the New York Times bestseller list and captivated media attention for its many revelations. Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter’s heroic efforts to transcribe and annotate the highlights of more than 3,700 hours of recorded conversations provided an unprecedented and fascinating window into the inner workings of a momentous presidency. Now, with a concluding volume to cover the final year of the Nixon taping system, Brinkley and Nichter tell the rest of the story — once again with revelations on every page, including:
- How Nixon and Kissinger knew privately that the January 1973 Vietnam peace agreement would not hold, even as the ink was still drying
- How Nixon and Kissinger anticipated the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East
- Nixon’s threat to send a “division” of tanks to kill Native Americans at the Wounded Knee standoff
- and more . . .
With Nixon’s dominating 1972 reelection receding into the background and the Watergate scandal looming, The Nixon Tapes: 1973 reveals the inside story of the tragedy that followed the triumph.
Between 1971 and 1973, President Richard Nixon’s voice-activated tape recorders captured 3,700 hours of conversations. Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter’s intrepid two-volume transcription and annotation of the highlights of this essential archive provides an unprecedented and fascinating window into the inner workings of a momentous presidency.
The Nixon Tapes: 1973 tells the concluding chapter of the story, the final year of taping, covering such events as the Vietnam cease-fire, the Wounded Knee standoff, and, of course, the Watergate investigation. Once again, there are revelations on every page. With Nixon’s landslide 1972 reelection victory receding into the background and the scandal that would scuttle the administration looming, The Nixon Tapes: 1973 reveals the inside story of the tragedy that followed the triumph.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
September 22, 2015
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Praise for The Nixon Tapes: 1973
“A revealing selection . . . For those of us who would never tolerate the crackle and confusion of earphone eavesdropping, these transcripts provide another dose of the ugly (also sometimes comic) shenanigans by which the Nixon team violated the Constitution and caused a president preoccupied with power – his own and the nation’s – to suffer an ineluctable slide into impotence.” — The New York Times Book Review
“[Brinkley & Nichter] have done a great service.” — Austin American-Statesman
“Endlessly fascinating . . . Essential for students of late-20th-century American history and the Nixon presidency.” — Kirkus, starred review
“A huge, fascinating, and devastatingly accurate portrait of the thirty-seventh president…A gift to history…Groundbreaking.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Present[s] a clear, fly-on-the-wall view of Nixon’s White House. It is a monumental accomplishment.” — USA Today
“Excellent…[and] strangely addictive.”
— Los Angeles Times