Elvis wrote:I recommend "Silent Coup: The Removal of a President" by Len Colodny & Robert Gettlin.
http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Coup-Presi ... 0312927630
The authors have a website, with followup articles etc., here:
One of things that was going on, it seems, was that Nixon and Kissinger's secret "back channel" negotiations---bypassing the State Dept. and Pentagon etc.---caused the Joint Chiefs to wonder, "What the hell is this guy up to?" Nixon was making them extremely nervous. I won't go into the detailed theses of the book here, but I think the authors did some great work. E.g. their analysis of Bob Woodward's Watergate reporting---and his past as a Naval intelligence officer and his relationship to Haig---is interesting to say the least.
(I think it was Haig's "job" as Nixon's Chief of Staff to put Nixon into a position where he had no choice but to resign.)
I followed Watergate closely when it was happening, and continued studying it off & on over the years; "Silent Coup" really opened up a lot of intriguing stuff.
I'd be interested on anyone's take of this work, e.g. has it been rebutted to any effective degree?
(btw for some great new(ish) material on Nixon, I recommend "President Nixon: Alone in the White House" by Richard Reeves. It focuses on Nixon as a loner, mostly based on Nixon's copious daily "memos to self" and of course the 1000s of hours of White House tapes.)
(PS I've always had a special fascination with Nixon, ever since my mother told me about him in the early '60s. So I was delighted to use the Nixon/Elvis photo as my avatar. I have no similar fascination with Elvis Presley; "Elvis" was just an easy-to-remember and light-hearted name to use here.)
That book, along with Jim Hougan's Secret Agenda, cover the whole Watergate thing pretty well. In re-reading the paperback version Colodny and Gettlin describe some of the blowback they received from the mainstream media. Led by the usual supects; Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and the boys...