Watergate Revisited: Notes from Underground

A fresh batch of White House tapes reminds a forgiving and forgetful America why Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace

Only in America, the land of fresh starts and clean slates, could someone who fell from power in such complete disgrace return to tell heads of state how the world should be run and not be laughed off the editorial page.

Richard Nixon has managed that feat by following a kind of self-imposed work-release program ever since he resigned and left for San Clemente, Calif., in 1974, churning out dozens of articles and seven books on subjects ranging from Vietnam to geopolitics. Former aide-turned-bete-noire John Dean summed it up neatly: "He's running for the office of ex-President, and he's won."

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