P&P Live! Michael Dobbs — King Richard - in conversation with Garrett M. Graff

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In January 1973, Richard Nixon had just been inaugurated after winning re-election in a historic landslide. He enjoyed an almost 70 percent approval rating. But by April 1973, his presidency had fallen apart as the Watergate scandal metastasized into what White House counsel John Dean called “a full-blown cancer.” King Richard is the intimate, utterly absorbing narrative of the tension-packed hundred days when the Watergate conspiracy unraveled as the burglars and their handlers turned on one another, exposing the crimes of a vengeful president.

Drawing on thousands of hours of newly-released taped recordings, Michael Dobbs takes us into the heart of the conspiracy, recreating these traumatic events in cinematic detail. He captures the growing paranoia of the principal players and their desperate attempts to deflect blame as the noose tightens around them. We eavesdrop on Nixon plotting with his aides, raging at his enemies, while also finding time for affectionate moments with his family. The result is an unprecedentedly vivid, close-up portrait of a president facing his greatest crisis.

Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, but he is now a U.S. citizen. He was a long-time reporter for The Washington Post, covering the collapse of communism as a foreign correspondent, and he has taught at Princeton, Georgetown, and the University of Michigan. He is the author of a Cold War trilogy that includes  Down With Big Brother, One Minute to Midnight, and Six Months in 1945: he lives outside Washington, D.C.

Dobbs will be in conversation with Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished journalist and bestselling historian, covers politics, technology, and national security. He’s the founding director of The Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, a contributor to WIRED and CNN, and previously edited both Washingtonian and POLITICO Magazine. Graff is the author of multiple books, including the #1 national bestseller The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, as well as The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI, and Raven Rock, about the government’s Cold War Doomsday plans. His next book will be published later this year: Watergate: A New History.


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Washington, DC 20008
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ISBN: 9780385350099
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Published: Knopf - May 25th, 2021

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