Breach of Faith

Breach of Faith The Nixon crisis of 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

  • Title: Breach of Faith
  • Author: Theodore H. White
  • ISBN: 9780224012058
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Theodore H White starts this story with the last days of Richard Nixon in the White House as those closest recognized hThe 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 Theodore H White starts this story with the last days of Richard Nixon in the White House as those closest recognized he d deceived them that they must force him out He follows the thread of manipulation back to its origin 20 years earlier shows how the Nixon team came to see politics as war without quarter, in which the White House was a command post where ordinary rules didn t apply, where power could be used without restraint.Let justice be doneThe politics of manipulationPoor Richard how things workThe team from politics to powerThe White House of Richard Nixon from style to heresyThe underground from crime to conspiracyVictory 1972 design for controlThe tapes a tour inside the mind of Richard NixonThe systems respond Spring 1973Firestorm Fall 1973The question period Winter Spring 1974Judgment Summer 1974Breach of faithAppendix A The articles of impeachmentAppendix B Richard Nixon s farewell statement, 8 8 74

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    1. Theodore H. White

      Theodore Harold White was an American political journalist, historian, and novelist, best known for his accounts of the 1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972 presidential elections.White became one of Time magazine s first foreign correspondents, serving in East Asia and later as a European correspondent He is best known for his accounts of two presidential elections, The Making of the President, 1960 1961, Pulitzer Prize and The Making of the President, 1964 1965 , and for associating the short lived presidency of John F Kennedy with the legend of Camelot His intimate style of journalism, centring on the personalities of his subjects, strongly influenced the course of political journalism and campaign coverage.

    407 thoughts on “Breach of Faith”

    1. A cautionary tale, to be sure, although since this was published in 1975, no one knew we would have Nixon and his smarmy crew of crooks reinvented in 2017 by a reality show host and his con men.Straightforward, polished, almost sparse writing, but gripping nevertheless n the unfolding of facts we know, and the background we didn't know. I almost OD'd on Watergate books in 2016--seeing what was coming, perhaps--and this book was the cherry on top.Recommended except for die-hard Tricky Dickwad fan [...]


    2. Theodore White's Breach of Faith has the wounded tone of someone atoning for a mistake. In Making of the President '68 and '72, White shed his Kennedy worship and embraced Tricky Dick as the great statesman of the age, a calming panacea in a chaotic age (he was far from alone in that). Here, White treats Nixon's disgrace as both a national and personal betrayal, with the latter often outweighing the former: sometimes White, in his anguished self-justification, seems less contrite than angry that [...]


    3. Really nice view from the inside of the Nixon White House, by someone who had the cooperation of many who worked there. It's like the mirror image of All The President's Men. White wants to tie the paranoid White House to both Nixon's past political struggles as well as the ideological turmoil of the day, and he's much more successful at the former, which makes up most of the book. Much of the final chapter can be disregarded as pointless analysis by someone who was not removed far enough in tim [...]


    4. I actually went out to see Richard M. Nixon once during the 1972 campaign, visiting a tepid rally the Republicans were holding with him outside Maine West High School in Illinois. He was about two inches tall from where Arthur Kazar and I were standing with a bunch of protesting farmworkers (UFW).The Watergate scandal began to hit the news during that campaign, mostly in terms of the break-in at Ellworth's psychiatrist's office by the Plumbers, but not soon enough and with not enough coverage to [...]


    5. This book seemed to break Theodore White out of his string of The Making of the President series of books, as he did not write any others after he finished chronicling Richard Nixon's downfall. The title seems to reflect White's own disappointment, although he does not come directly out and say that. Instead, he frames it as much more of the breach of the faith that Americans previously had in their presidents, and the office of the presidency, in general. While there is no question that Nixon's [...]


    6. This book is a well-written and sympathetic account of Nixon's presidency with a focus on Watergate. However, it is likely Mr. White's weakest book on American politics. His prose is especially purple and his similes are occasionally painful. He gets caught up in detail, losing the significance of Watergate, although the parts of the book where he examines the social and political implications of the scandal are incredibly thought-provoking. However, it seems that he could have benefited from mo [...]


    7. This turned out to be a very good refresher course for recalling the Watergate fiasco and the downfall of an American president. Over forty years after the events and this book's publication, White's erudite rhetoric has proven somewhat overblown. The consequences of Nixon's failure have cycled so far away from the expected path that now the actual crimes and "breach of faith" of Watergate seem almost quaint when compared to the 2017 election and the days through which America is now floundering [...]


    8. I enjoyed reading Theodore H. White's "Making of the President" books and I found this to be even better. His insight into the psyche of Nixon and adumbration of the hubris of a very intelligent man impressed me. With his account of the decline and fall of Richard Nixon, Theodore White not only succeeded once more in transforming presidential politics into best-selling nonfiction, but also demonstrated that the loss of power can be made as fascinating and satisfying a story as its acquisition.


    9. This book tells the story of the fall of Richard Nixon. It is very well written and does a good job of telling the steps of his fall. Reading this book in 2015, it was very interesting to read the final chapter which asks many questions as to what the future will be and how Nixon's acts might affect them. It asked the right questions and knowing how many of them have been answered, the author understood what might happen in many areas.


    10. This is the best book I've read about Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Theodore H. White wrote some compelling books about the presidential elections of 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972. His account of the fall of Richard Nixon, in a Shakespearean-like tragedy, was no less compelling. His chapter about the tapes that led to Nixon's demise is one of the finest I've ever read on the subject. To understand Nixon and Watergae, it is essential to read this book.


    11. Simply my favorite book - a delight to read, to think about, to cherish. It is writing at its finest. He tells the story of the fall of Richard Nixon with such eloquence. If I had just one book I was allowed - this would be it. It is a book which leaves me in awe. I have read it perhaps 6 times. I still find more in it each time.


    12. I've only managed to read part of this book, but it is a fascinating look inside Nixon's white house. It gave me a deeper understanding of the personal traits which lead to Nixon's mistakes. It may also provide some insight into G.H.W. Bush's failed presidency as well.


    13. White brings the historian's rigour as well as his ability to write with passion. One of many judgements on Richard Nixon. Since this was written immediately after the fall, it is more reliable than some of the rehabilitation texts that cropped up 20 or so years later.


    14. This is a very critical look at the Nixon administration. Much more pointed than Woodward/Bernstein's criticisms. Slows down for the last third, but the details and anecdotes alone make the book worthwhile. Not sure why it took me 3 years to finally finish it.


    15. This is probably one of the most nerdiest books I've ever read but it was cool because theodore gave a visual tour of the events very well. Not bad at all. Great story.


    16. A good account not only of Watergate and its aftermath, but of Richard Nixon's career and the political apparatus he built.


    17. This is the book that got me started reading Presidential Biography and Watergate books. White was a master of political history.




    18. The eloquence of Theodore H. White is at its best in this account of the Watergate story. If you have not read it, you have not examined the tragedy of Watergate.



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