The Nixon crisis
of 1973-74 threatened the state in ways not immediately understood. Stripped of drama and confusion, however, the problem was that the President had placed himself above the law. The piece had many important players, including Henry Kissinger
and Gerald Ford
. The nation had to decide whether that could be allowed. Theodore H. White starts this story with the last days of Richard Nixon
in the White House--as those closest recognized he'd deceived them & that they must force him out. He follows the thread of manipulation back to its origin 20 years earlier and shows how the Nixon team
came to see politics as war without quarter, in which the White House was a command post where ordinary rules didn't apply, where power could be used without restraint.
Richard Milhous Nixon was the first Californian elected to national office, serving as vice-president under Eisenhower and president from 1968 until his forced resignation in 1974. Henry Kissinger emerged from an academic background to become Secretary of State under presidents Nixon and Ford. Gerald R. Ford was a congressman from Michigan, who was named vice-president after Spiro Agnew's resignation and became president after Richard Nixon's resignation. The star of Richard Nixon's cabinet was Henry Kissinger, the Secretary of State. The Watergate scandal began as a botched burglary of the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex in 1968.