THE CRISIS: The Secretary and the Tapes Tangle

"Next to a man's wife, his secretary is the most important person in his career. She has to understand every detail of his job; to have unquestioning loyalty and absolute discretion. On every count Rose measures up. I'm a lucky man."

—Richard Nixon, in a press interview, 1957

"The buttons said on and off, forward and backward. I caught on to that fairly fast. I don't think I'm so stupid as to erase what's on a tape."

—Rose Mary Woods, in court testimony, Nov. 8,1973

Precisely because her loyalty to her boss has never been questioned and she...

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