This #1 New York Times bestseller in paperback is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM83.16. Now here Only at RM18. The Final Days is a 1976 non-fiction book written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about the Watergate scandal. A follow up to their book All the President's Men, The Final Days concerns itself with the final months of the Presidency of Richard Nixon including battles over the Nixon White House tapes and the impeachment process against Richard Nixon. The Final Days is the classic, behind-the-scenes account of Richard Nixon’s dramatic last months as president. Moment by moment, Bernstein and Woodward portray the taut, post-Watergate White House as Nixon, his family, his staff, and many members of Congress strained desperately to prevent his inevitable resignation. This brilliant book reveals the ordeal of Nixon’s fall from office—one of the gravest crises in presidential history. After the foreword, the book contains two parts. The first carries on from where All the President's Men leaves off, in particular from April 30, 1973, when John Dean, the White House counsel, was fired, and brings the narrative through developments of later in 1973 and then up to late July 1974. It has twenty chapters. Part II consists of a chapter-aligned, day-by-day account of the title-referenced final days, beginning with "Wednesday, July 24" and continuing through "Friday, August 9". There is also a Cast of Characters at the beginning, starting at Robert Abplanalp and finishing with Ronald L. Ziegler, and a Chronology at the end, running from November 5, 1968 through August 9, 1974. Both are helpful in keeping the complex chain of events and people in mind. This is at times a very detailed account of the trial and downfall of President Richard Nixon. Who would have thought that a President needed so many lawyers on his staff? At the beginning the number of individuals involved is enormous. Nevertheless the tale becomes more compelling and tragic as we reach the inevitable culmination of Nixon’s downfall. In the biography of Nixon by Conrad Black he observes that Nixon was isolated and did not have enough contacts outside of the White House. By contrast, Roosevelt, who was unable to walk, always had an extraordinary array of people visiting throughout his many years as president. Nixon’s sequestration is supported in the pages of this book by Woodward and Bernstein. In many ways it was Nixon who paid the price for the lies of the Vietnam War. The Kennedy and Johnson administration did far worse in terms of lies and deceit than Nixon. Kennedy and Johnson both lied and mislead the American people about U.S. military build-up in Vietnam. Robert Kennedy allowed the bugging (and persecution) of Martin Luther King. Nixon’s crimes were less by contrast. But, he did constantly lie and obfuscate – initially refusing to release the tapes, then releasing edited transcripts. And he lied on network television. Also Nixon was not media savvy – Reagan was one of the best at this in the modern era. Even the younger George Bush was better then Nixon with the press. There are times when the authors are obviously on a Nixon vendetta. There was no need to speak of Nixon’s eating habits or refusing bottles of wine. That put pettiness into the story. You may find Nixon’s support from his family – his wife, his two daughters and their husbands admirable. Possibly within their hearts they knew of his duplicity to the country – yet they continued to love him as husband and father. He had committed no crime to them. As we reach the end of the book I came to respect, in some measure, Nixon as a human being. With all the insurmountable pressure he never unravelled as a human being. The only thing he had left after resigning was his immediate family. With the distance of almost forty years now this story has all the makings of a Shakespearean tragedy. About the Author Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-four years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh. Carl Bernstein is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine and has written for a variety of publications. He is the author of Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir, and has coauthored His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time with Marco Politi, as well as All the President's Men and The Final Days with Bob Woodward.
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