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The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972

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The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972

The famous --- and infamous --- Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words

President Nixon’s voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David --- 3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter’s massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history.

THE NIXON TAPES offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon’s political downfall crept ever closer. THE NIXON TAPES provides a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president’s hubris, paranoia and political genius.

The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972
by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter

  • Publication Date: October 6, 2015
  • Genres: History, Nonfiction, Politics
  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • ISBN-10: 0544570332
  • ISBN-13: 9780544570337