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Richard Nixon Recorded 3,700 Hours of Tape. Luke Nichter Listened to Them All

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Richard Nixon Richard Nixon won a 49-state victory in the 1972 election. Inquiries into Watergate began in 1973, and in August 1974 he resigned from the presidency. (Richard Nixon Presidential Library/Courtesy of the White House Photographic Office Collection, Richard Nixon Presidential Library)

President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David. Some 3,700 hours of recordings were made between 1971 and 1973, yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Luke Nichter talks about the project to digitize and transcribe the tapes and what they reveal about Nixon’s time in office. The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972 by Douglas Brinkley and Nichter is an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history, and offers a selection of scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept closer and closer.

Guests:

Luke Nichter

Comments [3]

Might LBJ had been giving Nixon a not so subtle reminder that he (LBJ) had the wiretaps that showed Nixon colluding with the South Vietnamese to scuttle the 1968 Paris Peace talks. If this were true, LBJ maneuvered RMN into collecting the evidence that destroyed him. My regard for LBJ has just gone through the roof.

And let us not forget that Nixon appealed to LBJ for some help on getting out from under Watergate. LBJ responded by promptly dying.

Aug. 01 2014 01:50 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Nixon said that he wanted to bomb Vietnam back into the stone age. Does he have that on tape.

Jul. 31 2014 01:38 PM
robin slitswell from Miami

He didn't listen to the deleted 19 minutes but it is about to be revealed what was said on them in Roger Stone's new book "Nixon's Secrets:"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbhOJPIM47I

Jul. 30 2014 07:14 PM

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