THE CRISIS: Seven Tumultuous Days

In a year surfeited with surprise, in a month of successive shocks, it was by any reckoning the most tumultuous week of modern U.S. political history.

Richard Nixon's survival as President was in grave doubt, and—by Nixon's account—so was the peace of the world for a few tense hours. The foreign crisis was resolved, but the unmaking of the presidency of Richard Nixon gathered such momentum as to almost ensure even more crises in the days ahead.

The week was propelled through its course by public protest against the President unprecedented in its intensity and breadth. Individual Americans demanded...

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