Longtime critic of John Dean says Dean admitted he didn't reread his Watergate testimony when writing his autobiography





On the day John Dean is releasing a new edition of his autobiography, Blind Ambition, one of his old critics is charging that Dean admitted to him that the book was based on incomplete research.

In a note to HNN Len Colodny reported that in a 1989 interview Dean admitted"I'm gonna be very honest with you. I didn't even reread my testimony when I wrote my book."

In the original acknowledgements to the book Dean wrote that he had reviewed his own testimony in writing the book.

Dean is releasing the new edition of his autobiography at an event at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. His appearance has drawn strong criticism from old Nixon supporters. The library is now run by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The interview is posted at Watergate.com.

Dean and Colodny have long been at odds. In the 1990s Dean sued Colodny, the co-author of the controversial book, Silent Coup (St. Martins Press, 1991), which claimed that Dean, not Nixon, was behind the Watergate Affair. The suit ended in a secret settlement that included the withdrawal of Silent Coup from sale by the publisher.

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