The Nation: The Old Defense: They All Did It

But they did not, despite the claims of a bestselling book

In the flurry of post-Watergate books, Victor Lasky's It Didn't Start With Watergate has a unique record. Released last April, it justifiably drew blistering reviews, yet climbed to the bestseller lists and stayed there. (Dial Press has 115,000 copies in print and plans to publish 10,000 more.) The reason seems to be that Lasky tells readers something that quite a few of them want to hear: that abuse of presidential power did not start with Richard Nixon. No responsible authority, of course, ever...

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