The Final Days

The Final Days

Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 0743274067

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Final Days is the classic, behind-the-scenes account of Richard Nixon’s dramatic last months as president. Moment by moment, Bernstein and Woodward portray the taut, post-Watergate White House as Nixon, his family, his staff, and many members of Congress strained desperately to prevent his inevitable resignation. This brilliant book reveals the ordeal of Nixon’s fall from office—one of the gravest crises in presidential history.

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percent and save the difference. As Gergen had feared, the speech was greeted with almost universal scorn. If everybody saved one and a half percent of his income the recession would deepen, if not lead to depression, most economists seemed to feel. One editorial called the President’s approach “Biting the Cotton Bullet.” IN WASHINGTON, the House Judiciary Committee opened another ten hours of televised debate on the impeachment charges. Each of the thirty-eight members was allotted fifteen

walked to a corner of the room and lowered his voice as if he was trying to stay off the tape himself while he discussed his earlier conversation with Colson about executive clemency. Is it possible Dean knew what he was talking about?” Butterfield thought for a moment, trying to frame a response to the complicated question. Then he leaned over to the center of the table and picked up the Buzhardt account of the Dean-Nixon meetings. “No, Dean didn’t know about it,” he said at last. “But that is

better damn well get that done, but fast?” the President asked. “I think he ought to be given some signal, anyway—” Dean said. “Well, for Christ’s sakes,” Nixon continued, “get it in a way that, uh—Who’s, who’s going to talk to him? Colson? He’s the one who’s supposed to know him.” “Well, Colson doesn’t have any money, though,” Dean noted. “That’s the thing. That’s been our, one of the real problems.” They were broke. Someone remembered a secret $350,000 stash in the White House. The press

President waited to deliver his speech, Buzhardt called the lawyers for Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Mitchell to tell them what was coming. “Is it going to do my client any damage?” asked John J. Wilson, Haldeman’s attorney. “Yes,” Buzhardt answered. “What the hell is the President going to do that for? Did you recommend it?” Buzhardt did not reply. Wilson grunted. He didn’t like it, but he understood. At forty-five seconds past 9 P.M., the President began. “. . . In these transcripts, portions

was at once protecting the principle of presidential confidentiality and enabling the Congress to meet its constitutional responsibilities. The impeachment of a President was “a remedy of last resort [which] would put the nation through a wrenching ordeal . . . The impact of such an ordeal would be felt throughout the world, and it would have its effect on the lives of all Americans for many years to come. Because this is an issue that profoundly affects all the American people, in addition to

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