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31 Days - Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon and A Government in Crisis

Barry Werth

In 31 Days, Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days following Nixon's resignation and the swearing-in of America's "accidental president," Gerald Ford. The congressional hearings, Nixon's increasing paranoia, and, finally, the devastating revelations of the White House tapes had torn the country apart. Within the White House and the Republican Party, Nixon's resignation produced new fissures and battle lines-and new opportunities for political advancement. Ford had to reassure the nation and the world that he would attend to the pressing issues of the day, from resolving the legal questions surrounding Nixon's role in Watergate, to dealing with the wind down of the Vietnam War, the precarious state of détente with the Soviet Union, and the ongoing attempts to stabilize the Middle East. Within hours of Nixon's departure from Washington, Ford began the all-important task of forming an inner circle of trusted advisers. In richly detailed scenes, Werth describes the often vicious sparring among two mutually distrustful staffs-Nixon's and Ford's vice presidential holdovers-and a transition team that included Donald Rumsfeld (then Nixon's ambassador to NATO) and Rumsfeld's former deputy, the thirty-three-year-old coolly efficient Richard Cheney. The first detailed account of the ruthless maneuvering and day-to-day politicking behind everything from the pardon of Nixon to why George H. W. Bush was passed over for the vice presidency, to the rise of a new cadre of Republican movers and shakers, 31 Days offers a compelling perspective on a fascinating but relatively unexamined period in American history and its impact on the present.

In 31 Days, Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days following Nixon's resignation and the swearing-in of America's "accidental president," Gerald Ford. The congressional hearings, Nixon's increasing paranoia, and, finally, the devastating revelations of the White House tapes had torn the country apart. Within the White House and the Republican Party, Nixon's resignation produced new fissures and battle lines-and new opportunities for political advancement. Ford had to reassure the nation and the world that he would attend to the pressing issues of the day, from resolving the legal questions surrounding Nixon's role in Watergate, to dealing with the wind down of the Vietnam War, the precarious state of détente with the Soviet Union, and the ongoing attempts to stabilize the Middle East. Within hours of Nixon's departure from Washington, Ford began the all-important task of forming an inner circle of trusted advisers. In richly detailed scenes, Werth describes the often vicious sparring among two mutually distrustful staffs-Nixon's and Ford's vice presidential holdovers-and a transition team that included Donald Rumsfeld (then Nixon's ambassador to NATO) and Rumsfeld's former deputy, the thirty-three-year-old coolly efficient Richard Cheney. The first detailed account of the ruthless maneuvering and day-to-day politicking behind everything from the pardon of Nixon to why George H. W. Bush was passed over for the vice presidency, to the rise of a new cadre of Republican movers and shakers, 31 Days offers a compelling perspective on a fascinating but relatively unexamined period in American history and its impact on the present.
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In 31 Days, Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days following Nixon's resignation and the swearing-in of America's "accidental president," Gerald Ford. The congressional hearings, Nixon's increasing paranoia, and, finally, the devastating revelations of the White House tapes had torn the country apart. Within the White House and the Republican Party, Nixon's resignation produced new fissures and battle lines-and new opportunities for political advancement. Ford had to reassure the nation and the world that he would attend to the pressing issues of the day, from resolving the legal questions surrounding Nixon's role in Watergate, to dealing with the wind down of the Vietnam War, the precarious state of détente with the Soviet Union, and the ongoing attempts to stabilize the Middle East. Within hours of Nixon's departure from Washington, Ford began the all-important task of forming an inner circle of trusted advisers. In richly detailed scenes, Werth describes the often vicious sparring among two mutually distrustful staffs-Nixon's and Ford's vice presidential holdovers-and a transition team that included Donald Rumsfeld (then Nixon's ambassador to NATO) and Rumsfeld's former deputy, the thirty-three-year-old coolly efficient Richard Cheney. The first detailed account of the ruthless maneuvering and day-to-day politicking behind everything from the pardon of Nixon to why George H. W. Bush was passed over for the vice presidency, to the rise of a new cadre of Republican movers and shakers, 31 Days offers a compelling perspective on a fascinating but relatively unexamined period in American history and its impact on the present.

Language:

English

Narrators:

J.R. Horne

Length:

6h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:04


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:48


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:47


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:06


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:49


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:09


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:57


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:26


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:47


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:53


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:40


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:42


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:19


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:28


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:49


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:50


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:45


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:13


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:19


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:12


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:29