I lived through and remember the Watergate years. Being a busy parent and working, there was much that I missed. Reading this book stimulated my memory and due to James Rosen's intensive research, I learned so much of which I was unaware as the events unfolded those many years ago. This is not a quick read but if you are interested in history, I believe you will enjoy it. Currently it seems that each and every scandal that comes before the public is compared to Watergate. One could do much worse than to learn of which they speak.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-12-24 Casting the 66th attorney general and Watergate felon as the most upright man in the Nixon administration is faint praise indeed, to judge by this biography. Fox News correspondent Rosen applauds Mitchell for his tough law-and-order policies, school-desegregation efforts and hard line against leftist radicals, and for enduring wife Martha's alcoholic breakdowns and raving late-night phone calls to reporters. The book's heart is Rosen's meticulous, exhaustively researched study of Mitchell's Watergate role, absolving him of ordering the break-in and most other charges leveled against him. Instead, Mitchell is painted as a force for propriety who was framed by others--especially White House counsel John Dean, who comes off as Watergate's evil genius. (Rosen also claims Watergate burglar James McCord was secretly working for the CIA and deliberately sabotaged the break-in.) Unfortunately, Rosen's salutes to Mitchell's integrity and reverence for the law clash with his accounts of the man's misdeeds: undermining the Paris peace talks, suborning and committing perjury, tolerating the criminal scheming in Nixon's White House and re-election campaign. Mitchell may have blanched at the Nixon administration's sleazy intrigues, as Rosen insists, but he seems not to have risen above them. (Feb. 19) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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