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From the President : Richard Nixon's secret files /
edited by Bruce Oudes.
edition
1st ed. --
imprint
New York : Harper & Row, c1989.
description
lxvi, 661 p.
ISBN
0060159537 :
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imprint
New York : Harper & Row, c1989.
isbn
0060159537 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3984690
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1988-12-16:
Journalist/historian Oudes here does a masterful job sifting through the tens of thousands of documents generated by the White House staff during Richard Nixon's presidency. The title notwithstanding, many of the memos and letters presented here were written by Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson and other less well-known figures, as well as by the president himself. Several now familiar themes are reinforced: mistrust of the press, identification of ``friends'' and ``enemies,'' examples of hardball politics of the 1972 campaign and the battles with congressional committees over the release of Watergate documents. Side by side with memos on fairly trivial mattersbirds crashing into the windows of the Oval Office, modern art in U.S. embassies and a semiliterate appeal from Elvis Presley who offered his services as an anti-drug spokesmanare discussions of the weightier issues facing Nixon: normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China, domestic unrest and Vietnam. The book provides an instructive, revelatory look at the character and workings of the Nixon White House. First serial to People. (Jan.)
Appeared in Choice on 1989-07:
Oudes has assembled a rich sampling of the Nixon "Special Files," opened to the public by the National Archives in May 1987. A useful contribution to documenting the Nixon administration, the collection reveals attitudes, goals, and priorities of the President and his staff. Chronologically arranged, the documents range from trivial notes to important position papers written by Nixon, H.R. Haldeman, Patrick Buchanan, Charles Colson (whose contributions outnumber Nixon's), and other staff members. Public relations considerations pervade even substantive discourse. Domestic issues predominate, but because more than 90 of the documents predate the 1972 election, Watergate-related items are sparse. Oudes acknowledges this is "an interim progress report on the Special Files," and haste to publish is apparent. After his introductory essay, Oudes offers no explanation of the context of documents. The index is principally a name index (citing some individuals by last name only), and some references have been overlooked. Several documents refer to unidentified attachments. College, university, and public libraries. -A. J. Dunar, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Appeared in Library Journal on 1989-03-01:
A year before Nixon resigned from office under the heat of Watergate, he began putting together a ``Special File'' to hide documents which might be considered sensitive, politically or personally. Oudes has compiled these memos (unfortunately by date and not topic) between the President and top subordinates, among key personnel in the White House, and between key personnel and others outside the Oval Office. He chronicles the foibles of a president who exhibited a remarkable penchant for detail and a virtual obsession with getting even with his enemies, and one who was perennially frustrated by the lack of cooperation he received from bureaucracies and his staff. Offered here is a wide-angle view of the last days of President Nixon and his administration. A valuable library addition.-- Frank Kessler, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
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Kirkus Reviews,
Publishers Weekly, December 1988
Library Journal, March 1989
Choice, July 1989
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