The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate (Hardcover)

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JAMES ROSEN is a Washington correspondent for Fox News. He has covered the White House and State Department, and reported from dozens of foreign countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq. His writings on Watergate and other subjects have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper’s, the Atlantic Monthly, National Review, and Playboy, where he is a contributing editor. He lives with his wife and son in Washington, D.C.

The Strong Man is the first full-scale biography of John N. Mitchell, the central figure in the rise and ruin of Richard Nixon and the highest-ranking American official ever convicted on criminal charges.

As U.S. attorney general from 1969 to 1972, John Mitchell stood at the center of the upheavals of the late sixties. The most powerful man in the Nixon cabinet, a confident troubleshooter, Mitchell championed law and order against the bomb-throwers of the antiwar movement, desegregated the South’s public schools, restored calm after the killings at Kent State, and steered the commander-in-chief through the Pentagon Papers and Joint Chiefs spying crises. After leaving office, Mitchell survived the ITT and Vesco scandals—but was ultimately destroyed by Watergate.

With a novelist’s skill, James Rosen traces Mitchell’s early life and career from his Long Island boyhood to his mastery of Wall Street, where Mitchell's innovations in municipal finance made him a power broker to the Rockefellers and mayors and governors in all fifty states. After merging law firms with Richard Nixon, Mitchell brilliantly managed Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign and, at his urging, reluctantly agreed to serve as attorney general. With his steely demeanor and trademark pipe, Mitchell commanded awe throughout the government as Nixon’s most trusted adviser, the only man in Washington who could say no to the president.

Chronicling the collapse of the Nixon presidency, The Strong Man follows America’s former top cop on his singular odyssey through the criminal justice system—a tortuous maze of camera crews, congressional hearings, special prosecutors, and federal trials. The path led, ultimately, to a prison cell in Montgomery, Alabama, where Mitchell was welcomed into federal custody by the same men he had appointed to office. Rosen also reveals the dark truth about Mitchell’s marriage to the flamboyant and volatile Martha Mitchell: her s...

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ISBN 9780385508643
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political
Format Hardcover
Pages 609
Publisher Date 2008-05-20 00:00:00.0
Publisher Doubleday
Copyright Year 2008
Height 6.75 in
Wdth 9.75 in
Thickness 1.75 in
Unit weight 2.25 lb
Language English
Subtitle John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate
Edition Number 1
Audience General/trade
Authors Rosen, James
Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
Country of Origin United States

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    This period of history fascinates me. Rosen dug and dug to get all this info about a man who was famously known as The Big Enchilada. Mitchel said it himself, "Every President has an S.O.B., and I'm Nixon's." Thanks to Rosen for filling in the many blanks.

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