Nixon’s Shadow: The History of An Image

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David Greenberg London: W.W. Norton and Co, 2004, p/back, £9.99   A few years ago, during one of America’s periodic re-evaluations of Richard Nixon, cartoonist Gary Trudeau showed Mike Doonesbury’s young son watching the ex-president on television. After a panel’s worth of contemplation, the boy asks, ‘He’s lying now, isn’t he?’ The parents beam […]

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Lobster goes to the movies!

[…] earth anyone would want to stage, to recreate, what was, essentially, a non-event. Why indeed? One can imagine mere actors relishing the opportunity to ‘interpret’ Frost and Nixon but who else would be interested? This does rather tend to underscore Gore Vidal’s observation that the only people who really enjoy themselves in the theatre […]

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Watergate revisited: Hougan’s ‘Secret Agenda’

[…] this proposition being true: it was more important to the CIA to maintain this call-girl ring than it was to keep their agents in place in the Nixon White House’s most secret operation. And isn’t this wholly implausible? If the call-girl ring was that important, why not just shut it down, or move it […]

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Silent Coup: the Removal of Richard Nixon

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Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin Gollancz, London 1991 Pat Nixon, wife of Richard Nixon, died in June. The obituarist in the Independent of 23 June 1993, commented that ‘she stood by him loyaly, convinced that he was the victim of an international plot involving double agents and the CIA.’ Well, something like that. Mrs […]

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UFOs (Book Review)

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Neil Nixon Harpenden: Pocket Essentials, 2002; £3.99   Pocket Essentials are the publishers who have had the taste and good sense to publish my Conspiracy Theories and The Rise of New Labour; and will publish a volume from Lobster contributor John Burnes on MI5 this year. So, yes, this is a shameless plug. However […]

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Nixon’s Nuclear Specter by William Burr and Jeffrey P. Kimball

[PDF file]: […] deals with President Nixon’s attempts to bring the war in Vietnam to a satisfactory conclusion. According to the authors of this detailed and thoroughly footnoted book, both Nixon and his foreign affairs adviser, Henry Kissinger, had concluded by late 1967 that the war was unwinnable. Nixon had been elected on a promise to bring […]

Christic’s version of Dealey Plaza

[…] the Defendants in this case: 70.1. That, in late 1959, immediately after Fidel Castro drove Dictator Batista out of Cuba, former United States Vice President Richard M. Nixon established, and chaired, a Special Committee within the United States National Security Council with the express assignment of developing – and executing – a plan by […]

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Jim Hougan’s Watergate theory tested in court

[…] events which led to Nixon’s resignation, there were many Watergate books, not least those written by the participants in the drama – Dean, Haldeman, Colson, Ehrlichman and Nixon himself. They all offered up variations on the themes established in 1974/5. But in 1984 Jim Hougan produced one of the great pieces of research in […]

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The Clash of the Icons

[…] an ‘act of conscience’ that helped turn public opinion against the Vietnam War. This ‘act of conscience’ also, albeit accidentally, contributed to the demise of President Richard Nixon, whose felonious minions had allowed CIA officer E. Howard Hunt and erstwhile FBI agent G. Gordon Liddy to burglarize confidential files from Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office, in […]

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