The Watergate burglars : Nixon, dirty tricks, and the CIA

O'Sullivan, Shane (2022) The Watergate burglars : Nixon, dirty tricks, and the CIA. Revised ed. New York, U.S. : Skyhorse. 600p. ISBN 9781510729582


The victory of Richard Nixon in the US presidential election of 1968 swung on an “October Sur­prise”—a treasonous plot engineered by Anna Chennault and key figures in the Republican Party to keep the South Vietnamese government away from peace talks in Paris, costing thousands of American lives. The Nixon campaign got away with election “dirty tricks” in 1968, but four years later, they were caught. Drawing on the CIA’s recently declassified history of Watergate and thousands of previously un­published documents, The Watergate Burglars (previously published as Dirty Tricks) is the definitive account of the men behind the break-in. O’Sullivan documents their ties to the CIA in unprecedent­ed detail, and how they implicated the Agency and the White House in three break-ins targeting Daniel Ellsberg and the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee, ultimately leading to Nixon’s downfall.

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