After I spend the first hour of today’s program reviewing the decision in today’s detainees’ case, I will spend hours two and three with the Fox News Channel’s James Rosen discussing his wonderful new book, The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate. As I have written before, this is a compelling, indeed riveting account of the ’60s and early ’70s, unsparing in its criticisms of the Watergate conspirators, but also accurate in the complex details of the scandals and the times in which they occurred. The book demolishes John Dean’s long attempt to rehab himself into other than a conspirator and a deeply repellent figure among many flawed men.
If your father or grandfather was born before 1960, they will love this book. If your birthday puts you among those who cannot remember the summer of Watergate or the years immediately before or after, here at last is a book that not only lays it out but artfully recaptures the drama of those times while also unraveling its many puzzles.