The transcripts of Nixon's June 23, 1972, talks with H.R. Haldeman contained the "smoking howitzer "of evidence that was the decisive factor in ending the Nixon presidency. But they also offered fresh insights into Nixon's attitudes toward people and issues. Among them:
ON MONETARY MATTERS
When Haldeman advised the President that Britain had decided to let the pound float, and that the Italian lira was also in serious trouble, Nixon displayed remarkable casualness:
H: Did you get the report that the British floated the pound?
P: No, I don't think so.
H: They did.
P: That's devaluation?
H: Yeah. [Presidential Assistant Peter]...