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Nixon's Gamble - How a President's Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration

Ray Locker

After being sworn in as president, Richard Nixon told the assembled crowd that But that same day, he obliterated those pledges of greater citizen control of government by signing National Security Decision Memorandum 2, a document that made sweeping changes to the national security power structure. Nixon’s signature erased the influence that the departments of State and Defense, as well as the CIA, had over Vietnam and the course of the Cold War. The new structure put Nixon at the center, surrounded by loyal aides and a new national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, who coordinated policy through the National Security Council under Nixon’s command. Using years of research and revelations from newly released documents, USA Today reporter Ray Locker upends much of the conventional wisdom about the Nixon administration and its impact and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extra-constitutional government undermined U.S. policy and values. In doing so, Nixon sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today.

After being sworn in as president, Richard Nixon told the assembled crowd that But that same day, he obliterated those pledges of greater citizen control of government by signing National Security Decision Memorandum 2, a document that made sweeping changes to the national security power structure. Nixon’s signature erased the influence that the departments of State and Defense, as well as the CIA, had over Vietnam and the course of the Cold War. The new structure put Nixon at the center, surrounded by loyal aides and a new national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, who coordinated policy through the National Security Council under Nixon’s command. Using years of research and revelations from newly released documents, USA Today reporter Ray Locker upends much of the conventional wisdom about the Nixon administration and its impact and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extra-constitutional government undermined U.S. policy and values. In doing so, Nixon sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today.
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After being sworn in as president, Richard Nixon told the assembled crowd that But that same day, he obliterated those pledges of greater citizen control of government by signing National Security Decision Memorandum 2, a document that made sweeping changes to the national security power structure. Nixon’s signature erased the influence that the departments of State and Defense, as well as the CIA, had over Vietnam and the course of the Cold War. The new structure put Nixon at the center, surrounded by loyal aides and a new national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, who coordinated policy through the National Security Council under Nixon’s command. Using years of research and revelations from newly released documents, USA Today reporter Ray Locker upends much of the conventional wisdom about the Nixon administration and its impact and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extra-constitutional government undermined U.S. policy and values. In doing so, Nixon sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin Stillwell

Length:

14h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

37:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

59:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

35:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

31:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

32:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

47:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

31:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

44:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

55:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:00:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:01:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

41:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:32:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

59:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

44:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

00:28