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  • Originally published 08/11/2014

    Rick Perlstein on The Real Legacy of Richard Nixon

    Historian Rick Perlstein discusses the astonishing experience of listening to President Nixon’s every move on the Oval Office tapes and how his resignation forever changed America.

  • Originally published 08/11/2014

    Increasing Number of Americans Think Watergate Was 'Just Politics'

    Which of these two statements comes closest to your own point of view about Watergate — it was a very serious matter because it revealed corruption in the Nixon administration or it was just politics — the kind of thing that both parties engage in?

  • Originally published 08/11/2014

    The Weird Minutes Before Nixon’s Resignation

    Many Americans remember the telecast during which Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the Presidency as a dark moment in the nation’s history. The comedian Harry Shearer has another word for the events of that night: “goofy.”

  • Originally published 08/09/2014

    Why Nixon Matters

    Forty years ago, on August 8, Richard M. Nixon made unprecedented constitutional history when he resigned the presidency amid the disgrace and scandal of Watergate.

  • Originally published 08/03/2014

    Rick Perlstein's new book on Nixon and Reagan wins praise in double NYT reviews

    "It says much about Perlstein’s gifts as a historian that he persuasively portrays this sulky, slender interlude between the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan (as his subtitle has it) not just as a true bottom of our history but also as a Rosetta stone for reading America and its politics today."

  • Originally published 07/14/2014

    Audio: Nixon’s Secret White House Tapes

    In an adaptation from their forthcoming book, Vanity Fair contributing editor Douglas Brinkley and historian Luke A. Nichter draw on 3,700 hours of President Nixon’s White House tapes to convey the inner workings of Nixon’s action-packed first term.

  • Originally published 06/26/2014

    Howard Baker has died

    Howard H. Baker, Jr., served 18 years in the U.S. Senate starting in 1966, when he became the first Republican to be popularly elected to the Senate from Tennessee.

  • Originally published 08/22/2013

    Legacy Of Nixon tapes: Skepticism, distrust endure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a good thing Richard Nixon was such a klutz.The president's ineptness at all things mechanical is what prompted his aides to install a voice-activated recording system that didn't require Nixon to push an on-off button, ensuring that every word he spoke in the Oval Office and other key locations was caught on tape.With the secret taping system on autopilot — seven microphones planted in wall sconces and the president's desk — Nixon largely forgot about it, and let loose with the raw, gossipy, conniving and too-clever words that ultimately toppled his presidency and forever changed the way Americans think about their presidents and their government.The tapes — the last installment of them released Wednesday — are like the black box in an increasingly out-of-control airplane, recording right up to the crash.In the tapes, Americans began to see their presidents as "less glorious, less heroic, less romantic — either more like us, or more like people we don't like," says presidential historian Julian Zelizer of Princeton University....

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