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 forty-six 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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Woodward Goes Back To His Cash Flow Subject
Honestly, I have been reading Woodward's books now for about 15 years. I thought this Nixon obsession was over...turns out, I was being naïve. I'm a Capitalist...and so is Woodward.
And when he lacks compelling subjects for his next best seller, look back at his publishing history. He continually goes back to the man he destroyed over a truly ridiculous "third rate robbery" that took him from the $14,000 a year Post reporter to multi-millionaire author.
Richard Nixon. I used to think from the drop Woodward had a warped obsession with this continual hatred of President Nixon.
But this book is his worst effort yet. Nothing new is revealed here; indeed Butterfield was never an insider during the Nixon Administration. The narrative is almost non-excitant, this is a long Q&A session with a mid-level Nixon Administration figure who just blurts out the same old standard stories (which as we have seen of late even liberal historians are no debunking).
As I Capitalist, I got it. Woodward needed another advance, and he went back to the cash flow well topic - Richard Nixon.
I'm an independent born during the Ford administration voting Clinton this year - there is no ideological slant to my review. I thought I would learn more about a fascinating, complex and absolutely, a Presidential figure with obvious dark issues in his Realpolitik intentions.
Don't bother. I just gave Woodward a chunk of his new Nixon cash flow stream for truly a terribly written and unraveling book.
Woodward, even liberals have moved on. It's been over 40 years...nothing to see here. MOVE ALONG.