WATERGATE: The President Gambles on Going Public

"Never before in the history of the presidency have records that are so private been made so public. In giving you these records—blemishes and all—/ am placing my trust in the basic fairness of the American people."

With those words in his televised address to the nation last week, Richard Nixon declared the greatest bet of his lifetime of high-risk politics, making a desperate and dangerous wager on his place in history. The stakes were nothing less than his survival in office and his ultimate image as a man and as a President. In still another effort "to put...

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