It was like living on a volcano. Those of us who sought to keep the Government going had no idea when another eruption would start. For nearly two months the torrent of revelations seemed unending. Among the most startling was the disclosure that Nixon had been tape-recording conversations since early 1971.1 learned about it soon after Haig became chief of staff. He told me to be careful about anything I said in the Oval Office; it contained a voice-activated recording system.

Aside from Haldeman and Alexander Butterfield, his deputy who operated the system, practically no one knew of its existence. The idea...

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