THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Violation of the Public Trust

The men who have served in the inner councils of American Presidents form a special fraternity. They may depart from Washington, but they never quite leave the White House. Their lives are forever influenced by their interlude of power and flavored by their reminiscences.

Last week these men, from as far back as Franklin Roosevelt's era, were in a collective state of shock as they pored over the transcripts of Richard Nixon's Watergate conversations. They found it inconceivable that a President of the U.S. would lead discussions in the Oval Office about...

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