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The Long Legacy of Watergate

  • Michael A. Genovese
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Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)

Abstract

Did the great dismantling really begin with Richard M. Nixon and Watergate? Is it fair to put all or even most of the burden on one man and one scandal? Is it even possible for one man to define and embody his age, impose his personality on an era, infect the body politic? Could one man’s hatreds, resentments, and insecurities, strengths and weaknesses, strategic brilliance and petty retributions, really be, or become, those of a nation? The man is Richard Nixon, a “brilliant and tormented man struggling to force a public language that promised mastery of the strange new angers, anxieties, and resentments wracking the nation in the 1960s.”1 Did he create or did he merely represent the fracturing of America? Were we—are we—Nixonland?

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American Politics Body Politic Hate Speech Campaign Spending Grand Jury 
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© Michael A. Genovese and Iwan W. Morgan 2012

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