Yes, it was an excellent book chock full of many details and revelations.
There was an Admiral Moorer in that book - I think he had Woodward under his wing. In the book he is quoted as saying something like âIt is ridiculous - unimaginable that we would be spying on the White House...â
It was many years later that I read an article (U.S. News - 1990’s??) where Admiral Moorer was caught up in some scandal where they posed as military museums and got stuff from the military at a discount, but sold a lot of it back off to foreign countries - perhaps even enemies. In that article hes is quoted as saying “It is ridiculous - unimaginable that we would be selling arms....”
Seriously - it was almost verbatium from his quote of 20-30 years earlier! So much so that even with my bad memory I was able to find the quote in the book and put the mag article in there as a bookmark. (Hmmm - now where is that, I know it is around here SOMEWHERE!)
I always wondered what Nixon meant when he was trying to protect the breakin guys (Cubans) and can be heard on the tapes (write before the silent part IIRC) saying something like “...that could open up that whole Cuban thing...” I always wondered if they were involved in the Bay of Pigs, and Nixon was trying to protect that (and Kennedy).
In spite of his problems, Nixon really had a passion for keeping the dirty secrets of the government secret - regardless whether they were his secrets or not. (The Pentagon Papers were created under LBJ and supposed to be secret). And the State and Military going against the Presidency which it sounds like here he wanted to keep quiet. Both things if he had spun them the other way may have helped him.
We must be the two who read it!
What is fascinating is that the two authors are, or were, political liberals. And they began their task of creating a “harmony of the Watergate memoirs” with John Dean helping them.
But as time wore on and they began asking Dean about some inconsistencies in his account, Dean became unhelpful if not outright hostile.
And the authors began to conclude that the Watergate break in had been a scheme concocted by John Dean alone, to retrieve a book with his wife Maureen’s picture in it. The book was a list of high-priced call girls being run out of a desk in the DNC’s Watergate office, and that was what Maureen Biner had been when John Dean began dating her.