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  • Author:
    THEODORE H WHITE
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    0224012053
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    978-0224012058
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    ATHENEUM; 1st Edition, Ex Lib edition (1975)
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Book fell apart as soon as it was opened up. A total loss. Theodore White made his reputation by deconstructing presidential elections and by the time of Watergate he was an old hand at detailing the success and the failures of the candidates.

Breach of Faith book. Theodore H. White starts this story with the last days of Richard Nixon in the White House-as those closest recognized The Nixon crisis of 1973-74 threatened the state in ways not immediately understood. Stripped of drama & confusion, however, the problem was that the President had placed himself above the law. The nation had to decide whether that could be allowed.

Breach of Faith : The Fall of Richard Nixon Atheneum Publishers, 1975; Dell, 1986 .

Breach of Faith : The Fall of Richard Nixon Atheneum Publishers, 1975; Dell, 1986, ISBN 978-0-440-30780-8 A comprehensive history of the Watergate Scandal with biographical information about Richard Nixon and many of the key players of the event. She alleges "conscious mythmaking" on behalf of his subjects, including Chiang Kai-shek, John F. Kennedy, and David Bruce.

Theodore White In 1975, the year BREACH OF FAITH was published, there was nobody better equipped to explain the fall of Richard Nixon than journalist Theodore White

Theodore White In 1975, the year BREACH OF FAITH was published, there was nobody better equipped to explain the fall of Richard Nixon than journalist Theodore White. In a time hungry for explanations there was no shortages of books.

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The Nixon crisis of 1973-1974 threatened the nation in ways we did not immediately understand

The Nixon crisis of 1973-1974 threatened the nation in ways we did not immediately understand. This story starts with the last days of Richard Nixon in the White House - as those closest recognized that he had deceived them and that they must force him out. The thread of manipulation is traced back to its origin 20 years earlier and shows how the Nixon team came to see politics as war in which no quarter was given, in which the White House was a command post where ordinary rules did not apply, where power could be used without restraint.

Theodore H. White, friend of Presidents, was vouchsafed three interviews with Richard M. Nixon for the preparation . Thus, in Breach of Faith The Fall of Richard Nixon, the author finds himself coming to terms with a Presidential betrayal that is both broadly political and profoundly personal. Nixon for the preparation of The Making of the President 1972. At the last of them, March 17, 1973, Nixon was feeling particularly serene. And not since his first Presidential chronicle, The Making of the President 1960, has he written a book of such energy and passion.

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The Nixon crisis of 1973-1974 threatened the nation in ways we did not immediately understand. Stripped of drama and confusion, however, the problem was that our President had placed himself above the law. The nation had to decide whether that could be allowed. Theodore H. White starts this story with the last days of Richard Nixon in the White House -- as those closest recognized that he had deceived them and that they must force him out. He follows the thread of manipulation back to its origin 20 years earlier and shows how the Nixon team came to see politics as war in which no quarter was given, in which the White House was a command post where ordinary rules did not apply, where power could be used without restraint.

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White catches the mood and the times extremely well. Only a year after Nixon resigned to be able to piece the story together so quickly is amazing.
BoberMod
Loved it!!
Gavikelv
rec'd in good condition--dick crump (now is the time for all good men to come top the aid of their party)
Arihelm
I definitely consider this hefty tome a cautionary tale to be read today with one eye on the past and one on the present. However, because this book was published in 1975, I'll just bet no one knew then the amazing--and frightening--fact that we would see Nixon and his smarmy crew of crooks reincarnated in 2017 by a reality show host and his gaggle of conmen, friends of oligarchs, and shady wheeler-dealers.

White produced a big book--it nearly killed my arthritic fingers, but I couldn't put it down--with effortless, straightforward, polished, and almost sparse prosed that carried a gripping tale forward without a stutter. I was almost 30 when Watergate played out on TV, but White's analysis of the unfolding story, highlighting the facts we know and remember and the background we didn't know did not in any way give me a sense of "Been there, read that, got a t-shirt." I almost OD'd on Watergate books--fiction and lots of nonfiction in 2016--dreading what was coming, perhaps--and this book was the cherry on top of my stroll down memory lane. And if you haven't a clue about the incredible events between June 1972 and August 1974, let this book give you a careful, balanced, and ultimately riveting look.

Recommended to all sorts of folks except for die-hard Tricky Dick fans.
Opilar
Book fell apart as soon as it was opened up. A total loss. Amazon owes me a replacement at no charge.
Ricep
Theodore White made his reputation by deconstructing presidential elections and by the time of Watergate he was an old hand at detailing the success and the failures of the candidates. He called upon this experience to write a detailed and surprisingly readable account of the critical elements of the men and the events that make up that scandal.
A lesser journalist might have been tempted to simply paint Mr. Nixon as a curmudgeonly and despicable ogre. The contemporary view held that he was evil and psychologically flawed. But White acknowledges Nixon's political genius while facing his moral shortcomings with honesty and candor. At the same time he assails the men who strove to isolate the president and ultimately created an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion within the Oval Office.
Richard Nixon was no naive politico who innocently wandered off the path to power entangling himself in high crimes and misdemeanors. He was, by the time of Watergate, a seasoned pro who knew what he was doing. As a lawyer, he was among the best to come out of California after a particularly notable education at Duke law school. And as a politician he had fought his way to the top, the victim of and a user of dirty tricks for nearly a quarter of a century. So it is instructive to read that he viewed Watergate as a damage control operation, an attempt to stay even with or ahead of "political enemies" whom he believed opposed him out of personal malice rather than policy differences.
We know today the coverup is usually more indictable than the original violation of the law. Watergate taught us that. Before Mr. Nixon's tapes became part of the fabric of the American presidency, we had a simpler view. Theodore White helps relieve us of our pre-scandal ideology by his remarkable account of the men and the events we collectively refer to as Watergate today.
A superb piece of narrative history.
Faell
In my opinion, this is one of White's better books: he hits the pavement to meet participants like a reporter should do, and has a valuable longer-term perspective to add that respects what was good about Nixon, puts what he did wrong in context, and offers an assessment of why his actions precipitated his downfall. While White has been rightly faulted for indulging in a facile nostalgia for some of his later reporting, in particular on his "friend" Ronald Reagan, there is none of that here.

First, White looks at Nixon's career and character. To be sure, he finds many faults, but he respects Nixon's boldness and drive and his exceptional intelligence. The man got where he did because he worked and had talent and some luck, not because of any privilege. He also had a self-destructive streak. Second, White acknowledges that the Watergate break was a crime, as were other actions Nixon employed against enemies (perceived and real); he abused his power, growing ever bolder and paranoid. However, White adds that none of this is anything particular new for men of power, that there are many similar examples that are perhaps not as egregious, but certainly occurred. Third, While makes the argument that what really sunk Nixon was that he was caught lying to cover it up, which violated a fundamental (and naive) idea that Americans had of themselves and their system. In other words, by his arrogance and missteps, Nixon shattered a dearly held myth that Americans has about themselves. It was less what Nixon did than how he handled it. This was a controversial opinion at the time, but it is difficult to deny it is at least part of the truth.

Recommended as a classic journalistic treatment that is under-rated.