The Nation: An Intimate Glimpse of a Private President

Apart from the evidence it provides about the President's critical conversations, the edited transcript furnishes a potpourri of marginalia that limn the style and character of the Nixon White House. A representative sampler:


The President's confidential assessments of other men in talks with trusted aides were tough, candid, and often brutal:

Senator Howard Baker. "A smoothy—impressive" but also possessed of a "thick skull."

Senator Sam Ervin. "[Expletive deleted] He's got Baker totally toppled over to him. Ervin works harder than most of our Southern gentlemen."

L. Patrick Gray III. "Oh, he's dumb ... he is just quite...