By Ken Hughes

The break-in at Watergate and the cover-up that introduced about
the resignation of Richard Nixon, making a political shockwave that reverberates to this day.
yet as Ken Hughes finds in his robust new ebook, in the entire millions of hours of
declassified White residence tapes, the president orders a unmarried break-in--and it isn't at the
Watergate complicated. Hughes’s exam of this previous break-in, plans for which the
White condominium finally scrapped, offers a surprising new point of view on a protracted historical past of
criminal activity that lengthy the Vietnam warfare and used to be in simple terms partially uncovered through the Watergate
scandal.

As a key participant within the collage of Virginia’s Miller Center
Presidential Recordings software, Hughes has spent greater than a decade constructing and mining the
biggest extant choice of transcribed tapes from the Johnson and Nixon White Houses.
Hughes’s remarkable research has allowed him to unearth a trend of activities by
Nixon going again lengthy earlier than 1972, to the ultimate months of the Johnson management. Hughes
pointed out a transparent narrative line that starts in the course of the 1968 crusade, while Nixon, concerned
in regards to the impression on his presidential bid of the Paris peace talks with the Vietnamese, secretly
undermined the negotiations via a Republican fundraiser named Anna Chennault. 3 years
after the election, in an environment of paranoia as a result of the explosive visual appeal of the
Pentagon Papers, Nixon feared that his treasonous--and politically damaging--manipulation of the
Vietnam talks will be uncovered. Hughes exhibits how this worry resulted in the construction of the Secret
Investigations Unit, the "White residence Plumbers," and Nixon’s initiation of
unlawful covert operations guided by means of the Oval workplace. Hughes’s unmatched command of the
White condo tapes has allowed him to construct an issue approximately Nixon that is going a ways past what we
imagine we all know approximately Watergate.

Chasing Shadows is also
to be had as a unique publication that hyperlinks to the big number of White apartment tapes
released by way of the Miller middle via Rotunda, the digital imprint of the college of
Virginia Press. This specific variation permits the reader to maneuver seamlessly from the publication to the
recordings’ expertly rendered transcripts and to hear audio documents of the
remarkable--and sometimes shocking--conversations on which this darkish bankruptcy in American
historical past could eventually turn.

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