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In time for the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s epic trips to China and Russia, as well as his incredible Watergate downfall, the man who was at his side for a decade as his aide and White House Deputy takes listeners inside the life and administration of Richard Nixon.

From Richard Nixon’s “You-won’t-have-Nixon-to-kick-around-anymore” 1962 gubernatorial campaign through his world-changing trips to China and the Soviet Union and epic downfall, Dwight Chapin was by his side. As his personal aide and then deputy assistant in the White House, Chapin was with him in his most private and most public moments. He traveled with him, assisted, advised, strategized, campaigned and learned from America’s most controversial president. As Bob Haldeman’s protégé, Chapin worked with Henry Kissinger in opening China - then eventually went to prison for Watergate although he had no involvement in it. 

In this memoir, Chapin takes listeners on an extraordinary historic journey; presenting an insider’s view of America’s most enigmatic president. Chapin will relate his memorable experiences with the people who shaped the future: Henry Kissinger, his close friend Bob Haldeman, Choi En-lai, Pat Nixon, the embittered Spiro Agnew, J. Edgar Hoover, Frank Sinatra, Mark "Deep Throat" Felt, young and ambitious Roger Ailes, and John Dean. It’s a story that ranges from Coretta Scott King to Elvis Presley, from the wonder of entering a closed Chinese society to the Oval Office, and concludes with startling new insights and conclusions about the break-in that brought down Nixon’s presidency.

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©2016 Dwight Chapin (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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One of the best Nixon books on the market

Dwight Chapin's life with Richard Nixon is one of the most unique books out there. Chapin's memories are more about the people he worked with, life in the White House, and the big issues he worked on, then the scandal of Watergate. Watergate plays a part, but since Chapin was never directly involved in the crime, he could only relate what he heard about it.

I learned more about the personal side of Nixon than probably any other book I've read. Chapin's book is devoid of the bitterness that many memoirs of the 37th president contain. This is a well-narrated book that will interest anyone interested in the first term of President Nixon and the personal toll it took on many of its participants.

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A Fascinating & Heartfelt Insider Account of the Nixon Presidency

I recommend this book to anyone interested in politics or American history. This is a closeup account of many of the major events during the Nixon presidency told by a man who was there. The descriptions of the China trips are especially interesting. As is the author’s unique reflections on “Watergate” and the people whose lives and careers it affected. The author went to prison even though he had no direct involvement or knowledge of the break-in itself. He remains a staunch admirer of President Nixon and his legacy.

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Visit to Tehran So Well Descrribed

My family were living in Tehran when President Nixon and his wife visited. The author described all of the events so correctly, such as the Air Force General getting hurt in a terrorist attached and pedestrians getting killed by automobiles. The book covers the accomplishments of President Nixon. My favorite book on President Nixon.

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Great Insight into an Interesting Individual

A deep dive into the people behind the politician. A new perspective on an administration and several singular events in history. Very interesting in light of recent politics.