- Tapa dura: 416 páginas
- Editor: HarperCollins Distribution Services (8 de noviembre de 1976)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0671224387
- ISBN-13: 978-0671224387
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Blind Ambition: The White House Years (Inglés) Tapa dura – 8 nov 1976
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The man who told a great deal during the summer of 1973 tells more, recounting his own scheming rise in the Nixon White House and the maneuverings, intrigues, blackmailing, betrayals, double lives, and moral blankness of his superiors
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After I stumbled across a claim that Dean testified that most of the book is grossly inaccurate, I read a few other hostile critiques. Most of them are written by people with an axe to grind. My common sense tells me that the book is mostly plausible. I mean, Dean sets out to draw himself as a weakling, lacking in integrity and a sycophantic coward. Not sure why he would take this angle unless he just wanted to make a clean breast of things. I mean, he'd already been convicted of obstruction of justice and sent to prison. What would he have to gain by distorting events at such a late date?
Anyways read it and decide for yourself.
Actually, I have the paperback edition and have read it several times. I wanted the hardback for the larger print size.
This is an excellent book, not just for taking the reader behind the scenes of Watergate, but for displaying the true personality of Richard Nixon.
The description that Dean gives of Nixon throughout the book corroborates the statements by Bob Haldeman and John Erlichman.
Blind Ambition is a tale of a President obsessed with only one goal - to make sure he got re-elected.
Richard Nixon was a man of insecurity and self-doubt, and these traits were strongly reinforced when Nixon lost the 1962 California governorship to incumbent Edmund G. "Pat" Brown.
It was Lawrence O'Brien, who was responsible for leaking about the Howard Hughes loan to Nixon's brother, Donald, that played a part in the 1962 loss of election to Governor.
Now, O'Brien was National Chairman of the Democratic National Party. Nixon worried about what "goods" O'Brien had on him now. Thus, the DNC Headquarters at the Watergate Complex were broken into; a third-rate burglary was turned into a major cover-up along with other crimes and White House horrors.
The discouraging remark to add to the above is, after you read this excellent book, you should try to see the TV-made movie, based on the book. The movie was well done, with Rip Torn playing Nixon, and doing the best job of anyone I have seen.
Unfortunately, no commercial version of the movie was released. It was a 4-part miniseries. Once-and-awhile,
the channels of STARZ shows it. You should record it, if it is shown again, as it is a very good presentation, faithful to the book, and almost non-existant.
Two other outstanding Watergate books, in addition to "Blind Ambition" highly recommened are "Watergate-the corruption of American Politics and the Fall of Richard Nixon" by Fred Emery (a mini-series was also done on that) and "784 Days That Changed America" by Barry Sussman (with another rare television production shown only once by Nancy Dickenson and Television Broadcasting Corp.
I would rate it 5 stars, but I left with the question of why he ever got himself mixed up in the cover up. He's not really hypocritical and definitely admits he did wrong. But I don't get why - "getting ahead" doesn't seem to be a good enough answer. He treats his jump into the troubles as something that just came to pass.