Watergate @ 50: a new history

In the New York Times, historian Douglas Brinkley praises Garrett Graff’s new history of Watergate scandal, that convulsion of American politics in 1972-74 that culminated in the only resignation of an American president. Brinkley also notes some key questions that Graff’s book does not answer. He asks:

Were such central players as Howard Hunt and James McCord cooperating with the C.I.A. even as they orchestrated the break-in?

It’s a central issue that my forthcoming book on the CIA and Watergate, Scorpions’ Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate, answers that question with a definitive yes.  Both Hunt and McCord had backchannel relationships with CIA director Richard Helms before their arrest.

To get the whole story, pre-order Scorpions’ Dance here.

Source: Book Review: ‘Watergate,’ by Garrett M. Graff – The New York Times

2 thoughts on “Watergate @ 50: a new history”

  1. Yes this is the 50th anniversary of watergate. Then in 1979 Pink Floyd came out with a song that is getting more popular by the minute .it was called ” MOTHER” .The song says. “MOTHER” Do you think they’ll drop the bomb?. “MOTHER ” DO you think I should call the president? ” MOTHER ” Do you think I can trust the government? Mother Do you think life is just a waste of time.? ANSWERS::: Yes they are going to drop the bomb. Take it from me ,dont write the president, and hell no you can not trust the government. Ours anyway . The non release of the Kennedy files proved that. And mabe those of us that try to get the Kennedy files released are wasting our time .I believe our government would rather us get hit by a nuclear bomb if that’s what it takes to keep us in the dark about what they know about truth about J.F.K. What’s happening today proves. PINK FLOYD CARES and has a lot of common sense PINK FLOYD FOR PRESIDENT Written by G.W.Hicks

  2. Why rely on Graff?

    Nixon himself, on his 6/23/72 White House tape just after the burglary, said:

    “…this Hunt, that will uncover a lot of things. You can open that scab, there’s a hell of a lot of things…This involves these Cubans, Hunt and a lot of hanky panky…just say (unintelligible) very bad to have this fellow Hunt, ah, he knows too damned much, if he was involved-you happen to know that? If it gets out that this is all involved, the Cuba thing, it would be a fiasco. It would make the CIA l;ook bad, it’s going to make Hunt look bad, and it is likely to blow the whole Bay of Pigs thing…”

    Nixon was speaking to his presidential assistant, H. R. Haldeman, who later wrote, in his book “The Ends of Power:”

    “In all of those Nixon references to the Bay of Pigs (in the Wite House tapes) he was actually referring to the Kennedy assassination…after Kennedy was killed the CIA launched a fantastic cover-up…(they) literally erased any connection between Kennedy’s assassination and the CIA…”

    I am sure this will all be extensively covered in Jeff’s forthcoming new book.

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