Books: Expedient Truths

BLIND AMBITION by JOHN DEAN 415 pages. Simon & Shuster. $11.95

Mean John Dean. Icy John Dean.Nerveless John Dean, sending former colleagues off to jail, pushing a President toward resignation, all in a lifeless, imperturbable monotone. The image from the Watergate TV hearings and cover-up trials has already etched itself into history. The inner reality, it now appears, was very different. The conspirator who turned against his fellow criminals trembled at times at the thought of his lonely assault upon Richard Nixon, John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman. He climbed into his Scotch bottle in search of soothing stupor often...

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