King Richard: Nixon and Watergate: an American tragedy (Paperback)Michael Dobbs (author)
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Drawing from newly released tapes and extensive research, the author of the House of Cards trilogy reconstructs the dramatic events of the Watergate scandal and the fall of Richard Nixon in this impeccably constructed work of narrative history.
From an acclaimed British author, a sharply focused, riveting account â told from inside the White House â of the crucial days, hours, and moments when the Watergate conspiracy consumed, and ultimately toppled, a president.
In January 1973, Richard Nixon had just been inaugurated after winning re-election in a historic landslide. But by April 1973 his presidency had fallen apart as the Watergate scandal metastasised into what White House counsel John Dean called a full-blown cancer. King Richard is the intimate, utterly absorbing narrative of the tension-packed hundred days when the Watergate burglars and their handlers in the administration turned on one another, revealing their direct connection to the White House.
Drawing on thousands of hours of newly released taped recordings, Michael Dobbs takes us into the very heart of the conspiracy, recreating these dramatic events in unprecedentedly vivid detail. He captures the growing paranoia of the principal players and their desperate attempts to deflect blame as the noose tightened around them and the daily pressures became increasingly unbearable. At the centre of this spellbinding drama is Nixon himself, a man whose strengths â particularly his determination to win at all costs â were also his fatal flaws. Structured like a classical tragedy with a uniquely American twist, this is an epic and deeply human story of ambition, power, and betrayal.
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 29 mm
'Michael Dobbs is a master at narrative history. By focusing on the most critical 100 days of Watergate, and by sticking closely to the written and spoken record, Dobbs is able to bring to life the tragedy of Richard Nixon in a way no one else has. A truly gripping read and a moving portrait.' - Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon
'The potent research and narrative skills of Michael Dobbs reach new heights in King Richard, his Shakespearean study of the endlessly compelling self-inflicted fall of Richard Nixon. Here again, as he did in his study of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Dobbs applies his signature technique of revealing character through the dramatic compression of time. It makes for illuminating and addictively readable history.' - David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: the story
'Rich and kaleidoscopic ... In [Dobbs'] wry and absorbing narrative I sensed an ironic dimension ... A portrait of a petulant, insecure man who fancied himself king, or something like it ... King Richard distinguishes itself in part by limiting its narrative mostly to the first hundred days after Nixon's second inauguration ... This circumscribed frame allows Dobbs to deploy his observational gifts to full effect ... Out of this raw material, Dobbs has carved out something intimate and extraordinary, skilfully chiseling out the details to bring the story to lurid life.' - Jennifer Szalai - The New York Times
'Donald Trump had tweets but Nixon had tapes: 3,700 hours of them ... They have proved a goldmine for Michael Dobbs...whose elegantly written book, King Richard - Nixon and Watergate: An American Tragedy, zooms in on the hundred days that followed Nixon's second inauguration and led to his downfall.' - David Smith, The Guardian
'Highly readable ... If All the President's Men was the first rough draft of Watergate history, this is the polished rewrite. Older readers will enjoy its deft mix of personality, history, and politics - and younger ones can spare themselves from ploughing through the dustier volumes on the Watergate shelf.' - Colin Freeman, The Telegraph
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