Nixon's Gamble: How a President’s Own Secret Government by Ray Locker

By Ray Locker

After being sworn in as president, Richard Nixon informed the assembled crowd that “government will pay attention. ... those that were ignored, we are going to attempt to deliver in.” yet that very same day, he obliterated these pledges of higher citizen keep watch over of presidency by means of signing nationwide safety selection Memorandum 2, a rfile that made sweeping alterations to the nationwide defense strength constitution. Nixon’s signature erased the impression that the departments of kingdom and safeguard, in addition to the CIA, had over Vietnam and the process the chilly conflict. the recent constitution positioned Nixon on the middle, surrounded by way of dependable aides and a brand new nationwide safety adviser, Henry Kissinger, who coordinated coverage throughout the nationwide defense Council below Nixon’s command. utilizing years of study and revelations from newly published records, USA Today reporter Ray Locker upends a lot of the normal knowledge concerning the Nixon management and its effect and exhibits how the construction of this mystery, remarkable, extra-constitutional govt undermined U.S. coverage and values. In doing so, Nixon sowed the seeds of his personal destruction by way of making a weather of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that also impacts Washington at the present time.

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