Watergate insider John Dean to visit Greenwich Library

On Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m., [email protected] will present John Dean, a key player in the Nixon administration who will discuss his new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It in the Cole Auditorium.

Based on previously unavailable recordings, The Nixon Defense attempts to connect the dots between Watergate lore and reality. It is being published to coincide with Aug. 9, which is the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from office. The book goes on sale July 29.

The primary source material for the true story of Watergate — Mr. Nixon’s infamous secret recordings — have only recently become available. After listening to nearly 1,000 hours of tapes, and using his own transcripts, Mr. Dean reconstructs the full history of the scandal in a dramatic narrative, with dialogue drawn directly from Watergate-related conversations. According to the library, Mr. Dean is finally able to divulge the full story of the Watergate break-in and cover-up, and disclose Mr. Nixon’s part in it.

“Dean presents a day-to-day record of how the Nixon White House confronted the revelation of the break-in, strategized a defense, and ultimately succumbed under the weight of its own lies,” the library said. “The Nixon Defense is not only a compelling and dramatic story of Watergate itself, but a stunning portrait of Nixon and his aides (Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, et al.), and the cynicism, paranoia, and vindictiveness that were so often the driving forces of the president and his inner circle.”

Calling it an unprecedented look into the disgrace that brought down a president and disillusioned a nation, the library added that The Nixon Defense is expected to be an authoritative account of Watergate.

Mr. Dean was legal counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony, which disclosed the existence of the secret tapes, was a critical factor leading to the president’s resignation. He is the New York Times best-selling author of Blind Ambition, Broken Government, Conservatives Without Conscience and Worse Than Watergate.

Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane’s Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marianne Weill at 203-622-7933 or visit Greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

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