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Bob Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Richard Nixon puzzle in his new book, The Last of the President's Men. Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system that changed history and led to Nixon's resignation. In 46 hours of interviews with Butterfield, supported by thousands of documents, many of them original and not in the presidential archives and libraries, Woodward has uncovered new dimensions of Nixon's secrets, obsessions, and deceptions.
The Last of the President's Men could not be more timely and relevant as voters question: How much do we know about those who are now seeking the presidency in 2016 - what really drives them, how do they really make decisions, who do they surround themselves with, and what are their true political and personal values?
©2015 Bob Woodward (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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By Jean on 11-17-15

A Disturbing portrayal of Nixon

Alexander Butterfield was President Nixon’s White House Aide, who revealed the existence of the secret recording system in the White House when testifying to the Senate Watergate Committee on July 16, 1973.

The book is well written and researched. Woodward is well known as the journalist that broke the Watergate story. Woodward states he interviewed Butterfield for forty hours and also had access to the Butterfield papers and the national archive of Watergate papers. Before becoming a White House Aide Butterfield was a career Air Force officer. He was a college classmate of H. R. Haldeman. Butterfield left his job as an Aide at the end of Nixon’s first term and went to work for the FAA.

The book provides new information and insight into Nixon and it also amplifies existing knowledge. Woodward also adds his own comments and information that he had gathered and published when appropriate in the story. I was most interested in what Butterfield said about Pat Nixon; that she was a “borderline abused” wife, ignored, or treated with chilly distain by Nixon.
I found this book so interesting I finished it in one sitting. The book is short, only six hours but is packed with lots of information. Campbell Scott does a good job narrating the book.

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By Fran Murphy on 10-26-15

Inside the mind of Richard Nixon

This is another fascinating look at how the Nixon administration came tumbling down. Through the words of Alexander Butterfield as told by Bob Woodward we learn what it was like behind the scenes of one of the most dramatic presidencies in American history. Nixon remains the most fascinating character ever to grace the American political stage.

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By Marina on 02-11-17

amazing book

Campbell Scott's delivery grabs your attention right from the start. I didn't know much about Alexander Butterfield before this but Bob Woodward's writing and the narration make you want to hear more and it was a shame when I reached the end. I look forward to hearing more books from both the author and Mr Scott

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