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It Didn't Start With Watergate

by Victor Lasky

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Authored by the conservative columnist, Victor Lasky (1919-1997).

The "journalist" is clearly providing the great service a democracy requires of factions -- to voice opposition and to challenge the framing of the issues. Criticism is so necessary in the formation of Government by suffrage.

Lasky's point seems to be that if he can allege wrong doing by Democrats, then Nixon will not look so bad. This is a thought-provoking read. However, Lasky wildly overstates the factional positions. The "Special Prosecutor" was not trying to "disembowel" the President. After the Watergate felony was revealed, Congress had to do something, and so questions were put to staff, which Nixon relentlessly blocked, claiming "national security" was at stake.

The author fails to mention that never in history had so much evidence of crime simply collected while the actual prosecutors prevaricated over the charges.

Lasky provides a wealth of innuendo and rumor. He alleges memorable and colorful scenes, with many adjectives, most without having any personal knowledge from any eyewitnesses.

He does admit that Nixon taped many hours of his daily conversations, yet, inexplicably, he quotes almost NONE of the transcripts. I have read them, and they are damning and they fundamentally contradict the impression Lasky attempts to create.

There are many "admissions" which can be drawn from this book. For example, that Bebe Rebozo, from the beginning to the end, was the sole, constant, and intimate companion of Richard Nixon. The truly unsung Pat Nixon receives a single sentence, seen in the farewell walk out of the White House. ( )
  keylawk | Sep 19, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803738579, Hardcover)

New reprint of book by best selling author of JFK: The Man and the Myth. This carefully documented book highlights the hypocracy that has gripped both the beltway and the entire nation. Details political corruption beyond lies and fund raising scams. A well-written expose of dirty tricks, corrupt political battles, illegal wire-tapping and coverups by the press. Describes presidential abuses of the IRS, FBI and vote-fraud that has been ignored or blatantly covered-up by the mainstream media. Activities that are still rampant today. A classic, historical account of down-and-dirty political machinations that never seem to gain the attention of the American public. This volume illustrates the shame of corrupt practices that stains both political parties. Thus is our democracy demeaned. A bite of history unknown to most.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:00:56 -0400)

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