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.
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