Richard Nixon, Reputation, and Watergate

  • Iwan W. Morgan
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


For Richard Nixon history was about the future not the past. When revealing to the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (better known as the Ervin Committee) that his boss had routinely taped Oval Office conversations in secret, White House aide Alexander Butterfield remarked, “The President is very history-oriented and very history-conscious about the role he is going to play.”3 The recordings were mainly intended to provide source material for the writing of the presidential memoirs that Nixon hoped would shape his grandiose image for posterity. It was the supreme irony that their revelations of his misdeeds were the instrument of the downfall that would largely determine his place in history.


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