By Stanley Kutler
Richard Nixon stated he sought after his management to be "the most sensible chronicled in history." but if Alexander Butterfield disclosed the life of a voice-activated taping method to a Senate committee in July 1973, Nixon's White apartment and its recordings fast turned the main notorious in American background. The tapes ruled the ultimate years of Nixon's presidency, and nearly single-handedly pressured his resignation.
But purely 60 hours have been truly made public within the Nineteen Seventies. Many millions of hours remained mystery and in Nixon's palms, and he fought fiercely to maintain them that method correct as much as his dying. eventually, because of a lawsuit introduced via historian Stanley I. Kutler with the advocacy team Public Citizen, a landmark 1996 payment with the Nixon property and the nationwide information is bringing over 3,000 hours of tapes to mild. The preliminary unlock in November 1996 of over two hundred hours of fabric comprised all these conversations referring to abuse of energy -- each Watergate-relate...
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The climax of these tapes occurs with the conversations that led to the firing of Haldeman and Ehrlichman on April 30, 1973. ” Ehrlichman, meanwhile, continued to scheme to have John Mitchell take the fall for everyone regarding the break-in, while the cover-up would remain secret (April 14, 1973). Dismissing his aides was agonizing for Nixon. ” After he dismissed his aides, the President’s conversations on the night of April 30 are emotional, distraught, poignant, and sprinkled with his slurred words.
But at all times, Richard Nixon had to realize the value of those tapes, and it was unlikely he would destroy them. First, the tapes had monetary value, which could only increase in time. Nixon’s pursuit of his property interest in his public papers was dear to his heart and is a well-documented story. But he also has given us a better explanation of their real value to him: their usefulness in writing his own history of his presidency. Nixon believed that carefully selected excerpts from the tapes could exonerate him in the Watergate matter.
Different ears pick up a once-unintelligible comment, or correct a previous understanding. Such is the nature of the material. I am aware of my responsibility for accuracy, knowing I have compiled a historical record that others will use. Some might find occasional errors in the rendering of particular words, but I am confident that there is no distortion of the thrust or intent of the passages. I edited the conversations with an eye toward eliminating what I believe insignificant, trivial, or repetitious.