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The wars of Watergate : the last crisis of Richard Nixon
Kutler, Stanley I.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.
Physical Description:
xiv, 733 pages ; 24 cm
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"The definitive account of Watergate." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Author Notes

Stanley Ira Kutler was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 10, 1934. He graduated from Bowling Green State University and earned a doctorate from Ohio State. He joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in 1964. He taught there for 32 years until he retired in 1996.

In 1992, he filed a lawsuit with Public Citizen against the National Archives and Records Administration to win the release of more than 3,000 hours of conversations tape-recorded in the Oval Office during Richard Nixon's presidency. As a result of his suit, 201 hours of tapes related to unethical or illegal activity were released in 1996. The 340 hours of Nixon tapes were released in 2013.

He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes, Judicial Power and Reconstruction Politics, Privilege and Creative Destruction: The Charles River Bridge Case, The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon, and The American Inquisition: Justice and Injustice in the Cold War. He wrote a play entitled I, Nixon and created a television program with the comedian Harry Shearer entitled Nixon's the One. He also edited the Dictionary of American History and founded and edited the journal Reviews in American History. He died from heart failure on April 7, 2015 at the age of 80.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Kutler provides comprehensive documentation detailing the Watergate crisis. Though the facts are familiar, the passage of time and the availability of new material afford a fresh historical perspective. Examinations of Nixon's troubled political career and the international and domestic unrest of the 1960s enable the author to place events within the proper social context. In addition, an in-depth discussion of the long-term consequences of the Watergate scandal is included. A timely acquisition considering the recent resurgence of Nixon and his apologists. Notes; to be indexed. --Margaret Flanagan

Choice Review

Kutler (University of Wisconsin), author of a half-dozen major works, provides meticulous and exhaustive documentation on Watergate. His narrative is compelling, complete, lucid, and engrossing. For the first time a scholar answers the question of what Watergate was and what it will forever mean to US politics. The first part sets the scene, the prelude that prepared the people, the press, and the politicians for Watergate. The origins, the development, and the disarray and disgrace that followed are carefully reconstructed. After reading this work one cannot dismiss Watergate as "a third-rate burglary" or a series of "errors." In the final section Kutler does an outstanding job of assessing the impact and meaning of Watergate. The author captures much of the drama of those dizzying days. If there is a weakness, it might be that the author neglects the constant drumming of the press, particularly the Washington Post--where else was the momentum for the disclosures? An excellent book--thoroughly researched, well written, and documented. Recommended without reservation for college and university collections at all levels and for general readers. -S. L. Harrison, University of Miami