THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: An Obsession with Money


ONE wickedly partisan wag suggested that Republican Fund Raiser Maurice Stans' safe ought to be acquired by the National Archives because so much of the Nixon Administration's history will be based on the safe and its contents. There is just enough truth in that to make one ponder the inordinate obsession of Washington with the dollar.

Of course, money "makes the mare go," as L.B.J. used to say, and he piled up plenty of cash himself. So did millions of other people in the giddy inflation that took hold in the later Johnson...

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