The Nixon Defense
what he knew and when he knew it
June 20, 1972 (Tuesday): before and after the 18 1/2-minute gap
June 21, 1972 (Wednesday): creating the cover-up scenario
June 22, 1972 (Thursday): first Watergate-related press conference
June 23, 1972 (Friday): firing "the smoking gun"
June 24 to July 1, 1972: Martha's breakdown, John's resignation and another scenario
Part II. Containing (July 1972 through December 1972)
July 6 to July 18, 1972: the call from Gray and a walk on the beach
July 19 to August 18, 1972: concern over Magruder's testimony
August 17 to September 15, 1972: investigations, indictment and the president meets with his White House counsel
Late September through October 1972: Segretti merges with Watergate
November 1 to December 30, 1972: reelection, reorganization, a Dean report considered, Chapin's departure and Dorothy Hunt's death
Part III. Unraveling (January 1 to March 23, 1973)
January 1973: keeping Magruder happy, giving Hunt assurances and the Watergate break-in trial
February 3 to 23, 1973: Senate Watergate Committee and Gray's nomination
February 27 to March 15, 1973: Nixon discovers his White House counsel and Gray puts me in the spotlight
March 16 to 20, 1973: return of the Dean report, the Ellsberg break-in and Hunt's blackmail
March 21 to 22, 1973: a cancer on the presidency and Nixon's response
Part IV. The Nixon defense (March 23 to May 22, 1973)
March 23 to April 13, 1973: options and indecision
April 14 to 30, 1973: pricking the boil and cleaning house
May 1 to 10, 1973: new team, tough tactics and rough new issues
May 11 to 22, 1973: a preemptive defense statement
May 23 to July 16, 1973: discrediting Dean and the beginning of the end
Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSAs widespread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after Nixon was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of his involvement in Watergate
In The Nixon Defense, former White House Counsel John W. Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixons secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: What did President Nixon know and when did he know it?
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