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The Nixon Tapes: 1973 Published Today Work Completes Two-Volume Set on President Nixon's White House Recordings


Between 1971 and 1973, President Richard Nixon's voice-activated tape recorders captured 3,700 hours of conversations. The tapes provide an unprecedented and fascinating window into the inner workings of a momentous presidency. Through their heroic efforts to transcribe and annotate the highlights of this essential archive, Douglasy Brinkley and Luke Nichter made possible The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972, which jumped immediately onto the New York Times bestseller list and drew national attention for the news it broke.

Now Brinkley and Nichter present the rest of the story, with a concluding volume that covers the final year of the tapes, once again with revelations on every page, including:

  • how Nixon's greatest fear during the Watergate investigation was not that evidence would confirm his role in the break-in he had none but that his secret domestic intelligence proposal, the Huston Plan, would become public.

  • how Nixon and Kissinger knew privately that the January 1973 Vietnam peace agreement would not hold, even as the ink was still drying

  • Nixon's threat to send a "division" of tanks to kill Native Americans at the Wounded Knee standoff

With Nixon's landslide 1972 reelection victory receding into the background and the Watergate scandal looming, The Nixon Tapes: 1973 reveals the inside story of the tragedy that followed the triumph.


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