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Bibliography — Richard Nixon (1913 - 1994)

Historical Context Papers / Memoirs Biographies
Administration Major Issues Elections
Contemporaries Recent Publications Bibliographies

Richard Nixon

Historical Context

Gillon, Steven. The American Paradox: A History of the United States Since 1960. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

Rosenberg, Norman and Emily Rosenberg. In Our Times: America Since World War II. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2003.

Blum, John Morton. Years of Discord: American Politics and Society, 1961-1974. New York: Norton, 1991.

Patterson, James T. Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Nixon Primary Sources

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Richard Nixon. 5 vols. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1970-1975.

Limited to Nixon's years in the White House and includes only official public messages (e.g. speeches, press conferences, public statements).

The Nixon Presidential Press Conferences. New York: Coleman Enterprises, 1978.

Nixon, Richard M. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1978.

Nixon, Richard M. In the Arena: A Memoir of Victory, Defeat and Renewal. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990.

Nixon's second memoirs. Somewhat repetitive of his first memoirs. He does add new material on his attempt to restore his reputation.

Strober, Gerald and Deborah Strober. Nixon, An Oral History of His Presidency. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

Thompson, Kenneth W., ed. The Nixon Presidency: Twenty-Two Intimate Perspectives of Richard Nixon. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987.

For a fuller discussion of Nixon primary sources, see Nixon's Public and Private Papers.

Nixon Biographies and General Presidency

Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon: The Education of a Politician, 1913-1962. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.

Ambrose, Steven E. Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, 1962-1972. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

Ambrose, Steven E. Nixon: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-1990. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991.

Ambrose's trilogy is currently the closest we have to a definitive "life" of Nixon.

Parmet, Herbert S. Richard Nixon and His America. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990.

One of the better single-volume biographies of Nixon.

Wicker, Tom. One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream. New York: Random House, 1991.

Brodie, Fawn. Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character. New York: Norton, 1981.

The most famous of the many psychobiographies of Nixon.


Small, Melvin. The Presidency of Richard Nixon. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1999.

From the American Presidency Series, a series dedicated to providing a consistent, scholarly treatment of each president. Coverage is limited to the years in office.

Hoff, Joan. Nixon Reconsidered. New York: Basic Books, 1994.

Reeves, Richard. President Nixon: Alone in the White House. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.

Aitken, Jonathan. Nixon: A Life. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1993.


Mitchell, Greg. Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady: Richard Nixon vs. Helen Gahagan Douglas--Sexual Politics and the Red Scare, 1950. New York: Random House, 1998.

Gellman, Irwin. The Contender: Richard Nixon; The Congress Years, 1946-1952. New York: Free Press, 1999.

The first of a planned multi-volume biography of Nixon.

Administration and Advisors

For cabinet members not listed below, please see: Grossman, Mark. Encyclopedia of the United States Cabinet. 3 vols. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2000.

Spiro T. Agnew (Vice President)

Cohen, Richard M. and Jules Witcover. A Heartbeat Away: The Investigation and Resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. New York: Viking, 1974.

Agnew, Spiro. Go Quietly... or Else. New York: William Morrow, 1980.

Patrick J. Buchanan (Special Assistant to the President)

Buchanan, Patrick. Conservative Votes: Liberal Victories: Why the Right Has Failed. New York: Quadrangle, 1975

Charles W. Colson (Special Counsel to the President)

Colson, Charles. Born Again. Old Tappan, N.J.: Chosen Books, 1976.

Colson was involved in both the Watergate and Ellsberg scandals.

John B. Connally (Secretary of the Treasury)

Reston, James. Lone Star: The Life of John Connally. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.

Connally, John. In History's Shadow: An American Odyssey. New York: Hyperion, 1993.

John Dean (White House Counsel)

Dean, John. Blind Ambition: The White House Years. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1976.

Dean, John. Lost Honor. Los Angeles: Stratford Press, 1982.

Harry S. Dent (Special Counsel to the President)

Dent, Harry. The Prodigal South Returns to Power. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1978

John Ehrlichman (Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs)

Ehrlichman, John. Witness to Power: the Nixon Years. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982.

Gerald R. Ford (Vice President)

Cannon, James. Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

Ford, Gerald. A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.

Leonard Garment (Special Counsel to the President)

Garment, Leonard. Crazy Rhythm: My Journey from Brooklyn, Jazz, and Wall Street to Nixon, Watergate, and Beyond. New York: Times Books, 1997.

Alexander Haig, Jr. (Deputy National Security Advisor; Chief of Staff)

Haig, Alexander M. with Charles McCarry. Inner Circles: How America Changed the World: A Memoir. New York: Warner Books, 1992.

H. R. Haldeman (Chief of Staff)

Haldeman, H. R. with Joseph DiMona. The Ends of Power. New York: Times Books, 1978.

Haldeman, H. R. The Haldeman Diaries: Inside the Nixon White House. New York: G.P. Putnam's, 1994.

An important primary source for the Nixon years. This book contains selective entries. A far more complete CD-Rom version also exists; however, it is becoming increasingly inaccessible due to changes in technology.

Walter J. Hickel (Secretary of the Interior)

Hickel, Walter. Who Owns America? Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1971.

David M. Kennedy (Secretary of the Treasury)

Hickman, Martin. David Matthew Kennedy: Banker, Statesman, Churchman. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1987.

Henry Kissinger (National Security Advisor; Secretary of State)

Hanhimaki, Jussi. The Flawed Architect. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

The newest biography of Kissinger. Hanhimaki draws on research from the most recently declassified documents.

Schulzinger, Robert D. Henry Kissinger: Doctor of Diplomacy. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Isaacson, Walter. Kissinger: A Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Schulzinger and Isaacson both offer balanced appraisals of Kissinger.

Hersh, Seymour. The Price of Power: Kissinger in the White House. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983.

Highly critical of Kissinger. Hersh bases his work on interviews with many of Kissinger's colleagues.

Morris, Roger. Uncertain Greatness: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy. New York: Harper and Row, 1977.

Negative portrayal of Kissinger from a former member of Kissinger's National Security Council staff. Morris resigned from the Council over the 1970 invasion of Cambodia.

Kissinger, Henry. White House Years. Boston: Little, Brown, 1979.

Kissinger, Henry. Years of Upheaval. Boston: Little, Brown, 1982.

The first two volumes in Kissinger's three-volume memoirs (the third volume covers the Ford Presidency).

Kissinger, Henry. Ending the Vietnam War. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.

This book compiles material from Kissinger's memoirs and adds new material specific to the Vietnam War.

Herbert G. Klein (Director of White House Communications)

Klein, Herbert. Making it Perfectly Clear. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1980

Richard G. Kleindienst (Attorney General)

Kleindienst, Richard. Justice: The Memoirs of Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst. Ottawa, Ill.: Jameson Books, 1985.

Jeb Stuart Magruder (Deputy Director of Communications; Deputy Director of CREEP)

Magruder, Jeb Stuart. An American Life: One Man's Road to Watergate. New York: Atheneum, 1974.

John N. Mitchell (Attorney General; Director of CREEP)

McLendon, Wizola. Martha: The Life of Martha Mitchell. New York: Random House, 1979.

John Mitchell has not received the attention of a biographer, but he is featured prominently in the above work on his wife.

Clark R. Mollenhoff (Special Counsel to the President)

Mollenhoff, Clark. Game Plan for Disaster: An Ombudsman's Report on the Nixon Years. New York: Norton, 1976

Pat Nixon (First Lady)

Eisenhower, Julie Nixon. Pat Nixon: The Untold Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986.

Biography of Pat Nixon by her daughter.

Gould, Lewis L., ed. American First Ladies: Their Lives and their Legacy. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Contains essays on each First Lady from Martha Washington through Laura Bush.

Raymond Price (Speechwriter)

Price, Raymond. With Nixon. New York, Viking, 1977.

Elliot L. Richardson (Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; Secretary of Defense; Attorney General)

Richardson, Elliot. Reflections of a Radical Moderate. New York: Pantheon, 1996.

Richardson, Elliot. The Creative Balance: Government, Politics, and the Individual in America's Third Century. New York: Holt, Rinehart, 1976.

George W. Romney (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development)

Mollenhoff, Clark. George Romney, Mormon in Politics. New York: Meredith Press, 1968.

Romney, George. The Concerns of a Citizen. New York: Putnam, 1968.

A collection of speeches by Romney.

William Safire (Speechwriter)

Safire, William. Before the Fall: An Inside View of the Pre-Watergate White House. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1975.

William B. Saxbe (Attorney General)

Saxbe, William. I've Seen the Elephant: An Autobiography. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2000.

William E. Simon (Secretary of the Treasury)

Simon, William. A Time for Truth. New York: Reader's Digest Press, 1978.

Maurice H. Stans (Secretary of Commerce)

Stans, Maurice. One of the Presidents' Men: Twenty Years with Eisenhower and Nixon. Washington, D.C.: Brasseys, 1995.

Stans, Maurice. The Terrors of Justice: The Untold Side of Watergate. Chicago: Regnery, 1984.

Caspar Weinberger (Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare)

Weinberger, Caspar. In the Arena: A Memoir of the Twentieth Century. Washington, DC: Regnery, 2001.

Major Issues in the Nixon Administration

Foreign Relations (General)

Bundy, William. Tangled Web: The Making of Nixon's Foreign Policy, 1968-1974. New York: Hill & Wang, 1998.

Thorton, Richard. The Nixon-Kissinger Years: Reshaping America's Foreign Policy. New York: Paragon House, 1989.

Szulc, Tad. The Illusion of Peace: Foreign Policy in the Nixon Years. New York: Viking, 1978.

Sulzberger, Cyrus. The World and Richard Nixon. New York: Viking, 1978.

Brandon, Henry. The Retreat of American Power. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1973.

Vietnam Conflict

Herring, George C. America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Schulzinger, Robert D. A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Kimball, Jeffrey. Nixon's Vietnam War. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998.

Asselin, Pierre. A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi and the Making of the Paris Agreement. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Berman, Larry. No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam. New York: Free Press, 2001.

Kimball, Jeffrey. The Vietnam War Files: Uncovering the Secret History of Nixon-era Strategy. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2004.

Sorley, Lewis. A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999.

Shawcross, William. Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979.

For more information on the Vietnam Conflict, see our online bibliography.

Soviet Union

Garthoff, Raymond. Detente and Confrontation: American-Soviet Relations from Nixon to Reagan. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1994.

Porter, Roger. The U.S.-U.S.S.R. Grain Agreement. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Bacon, Edwin and Mark Sandle, eds. Brezhnev Reconsidered. New York: Palgrave, 2002.

Dobrynin, Anatoly. In Confidence. New York: Times Books, 1995.

Dobrynin served as Soviet Ambassador to the United States from 1962 to 1986.

Gromyko, Andrei. Memoirs. Translated by Harold Shukman. London: Hutchinson, 1989.

Gromyko served as Soviet foreign minister from 1957 to 1985.


Burr, William, ed. The Kissinger Transcripts: The Top Secret Talks with Beijing and Moscow. New York: New Press, 1999.

Nelson, Keith. The Making of Detente: Soviet-American Relations in the Shadow of Vietnam. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

Stevenson, Richard. The Rise and Fall of Detente: Relaxations of Tensions in U.S.-Soviet Relations, 1953-1984. London: Macmillan, 1985.

Litwak, Robert. Detente and the Nixon Doctrine: American Foreign Policy and the Pursuit of Stability, 1969-1976. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Goldman, Marshall. Detente and Dollars: Doing Business with the Soviets. New York: Basic Books, 1975.

Arms Control / SALT Treaty

Smith, Gerard. Doubletalk: The Story of the First Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1980.

Smith, Gerard. Disarming Diplomat: The Memoirs of Gerard C. Smith, Arms Control Negotiator. Lanham, Md.: Madison Books, 1996.

Garthoff, Raymond. A Journey through the Cold War: A Memoir of Containment and Coexistence. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2001.

Terriff, Terry. The Nixon Administration and the Making of U.S. Nuclear Strategy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Newhouse, John. Cold Dawn: The Story of SALT. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973.


Kaplan, Lawrence. NATO and the United States: The Enduring Alliance. Updated ed. New York: Twayne, 1994.

Morgan, Roger. The United States and West Germany, 1945-1973: A Study in Alliance Politics. London: Oxford University Press, 1974.

Maresca, John. To Helsinki: The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1973-1975. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1987.


Couloumbis, Theodore. The United States, Greece, and Turkey: The Troubled Triangle. New York: Praeger, 1983.

Stearns, Monteagle. Entangled Allies: U.S. Policy toward Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1992.

Stern, Laurence. The Wrong Horse: The Politics of Intervention and the Failure of American Diplomacy. New York: Times Books, 1977.

Hitchens, Christopher. Cyprus. New York: Quartet Books, 1984.


Chen, Jian. Mao's China and the Cold War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

Mann, James. About Face: A History of America's Curious Relationship with China from Nixon to Clinton. New York: Knopf, 1999.

Ross, Robert. Negotiating Cooperation: The United States and China, 1969-1989. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1995.

Foot, Rosemary. The Practice of Power: U.S. Relations with China since 1949. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Chang, Gordon. Friends and Enemies: The United States, China, and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1990.

Walker, Anne Collins, ed. China Calls: Paving the Way for Nixon's Historic Journey to China. Lanhan, Md.: Madison Books, 1992.

Short, Philip. Mao: A Life. New York: Henry Holt, 2000.

Spence, Jonathan. Mao Zedong. New York: Viking, 1999.

Goodman, David. S. G. Deng Xiaoping and the Chinese Revolution: A Political Biography. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Shao, Kuo-kang. Zhou Enlai and the Foundations of Chinese Foreign Policy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

Yang, Benjamin. Deng: A Political Biography. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1998.

Middle East

Little, Douglas. American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Quandt, William. Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1967. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2001.

Bulloch, John. The Making of a War: The Middle East from 1967 to 1973. London: Longman, 1974.

Israelyan, Victor. Inside the Kremlin during the Yom Kippur War. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

Rabinovich, Abraham. The Yom Kippur War: the Epic Encounter that Transformed the Middle East. New York: Schocken Books, 2004.

Blum, Howard. The Eve of Destruction : The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Boyne, Walter. Two O'clock War: The 1973 Yom Kippur Conflict and the Airlift that Saved Israel . New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2002.

Parker, Richard B., ed. The October War: A Retrospective. Tallahassee: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Ghanayem, Ishaq and Alden Voth. The Kissinger Legacy: American Middle Eastern Policy. New York: Praeger, 1984.

Sheehan, Edward. The Arabs, Israelis, and Kissinger: A Secret History of American Diplomacy in the Middle East. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1976.

Rubin, Barry. Paved with Good Intentions: The American Experience and Iran. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Bill, James. The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1988.

Stephens, Robert. Nasser: A Political Biography. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.

Aburish, Said. Nasser: The Last Arab. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2004.

Inbar, Efraim. Rabin and Israel's National Security. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Rabin, Yitzhak. The Rabin Memoirs. Translated by Dov Goldstein. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

Eban, Abba. Personal Witness: Israel through My Eyes. New York: G.P. Putman's Sons, 1992.

Finklestone, Joseph. Anwar Sadat: Visionary Who Dared. Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 1996.

Sadat, Anwar El. In Search of Identity: An Autobiography. New York: Harper and Row, 1978.


Matusow, Allen. Nixon's Economy: Booms, Busts, Dollars, and Votes. Lawrence: University Press of kansas, 1998.

Weber, Arnold R. In Pursuit of Price Stability: The Wage-Price Freeze of 1971. Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 1973.

Gavin, Francis. Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Stein, Herbert. Presidential Economics: The Making of Economic Policy from Roosevelt to Clinton. 3rd ed. Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute, 1994.

Wells, Wyatt C. Economist in an Uncertain World: Arthur F. Burns and the Federal Reserve. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Calleo, David. The Imperious Economy. Cambridge: Harvard University press, 1992.

Gowa, Joanne. Closing the Gold Window: Domestic Politics and the End of Bretton Woods. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1983.

Civil Rights

Kotlowski, Dean. Nixon's Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Power. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.

The best work on Civil Rights in the Nixon administration.

Graham, Hugh Davis. The Civil Rights Era: Origins and Development of National Policy: 1960-1972. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Panetta, Leon. "Bring Us Together": The Nixon Team and the Civil Rights Retreat. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1971.

Indian Affairs

Sayer, John William. Ghost Dancing: The Wounded Knee Trials. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Johnson, Troy. The Occupation of Alcatraz Island: Indian Self-Determination and the Rise of Indian Activism. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Forbes, Jack D. Native Americans and Nixon: Presidential Politics and Minority Self-Determination, 1969-1970. Los Angeles, American Indian Studies Center, UCLA, 1981.


Burke, Vincent. Nixon's Good Deed: Welfare Reform. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974.

Moynihan, Daniel Patrick. The Politics of a Guaranteed Income: The Nixon Administration and the Family Assistance Plan. New York: Random House, 1973.

Anderson, Martin. Welfare: The Political Economy of Welfare Reform in the United States. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, 1978.

Environmental Policy

Flippen, J. Brooks. Nixon and the Environment. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2000.

Whitaker, John C. Striking a Balance: Environment and Natural Resources Policy in the Nixon-Ford Years. Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute, 1976.

Rathelsberger, James, ed. Nixon and the Environment: The Politics of Devastation. New York: Taurus Communications, 1972.

Energy Policy

Yergin, Daniel. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.

Sherrill, Robert. The Oil Follies of 1970-1980. New York: Doubleday, 1983.

Pentagon Papers

Rudenstine, David. The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

Ungar, Sanford. The Papers and the Papers: An Account of the Legal and Political Battle over the Pentagon Papers. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972

Prados, John and Margaret Porter, eds. Inside the Pentagon Papers. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2004.

Wells, Tom. Wild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Ellsberg, Daniel. Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. New York: Viking, 2002.

Ellsberg, Daniel. Papers on the War. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972.

Sheehan, Neil, et al. The Pentagon Papers: As Published by the New York Times, Based on Investigative Reporting by Neil Sheehan. New York: Bantam Books, 1971.

U.S. Department of Defense. The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam. 5 vols. The Senator Gravel ed. Boston: Beacon Press, 1971.

Kahin, George McT. “The Pentagon Papers: A Critical Evaluation.” American Political Science Review 69 (June 1975): 675-84.

This article is a good guide and evaluation to the all of the Pentagon Papers volumes.

Judicial Issues and Appointments

Garrow, David. Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade, 1923-1973. New York: Macmillan, 1993.

Abraham, Henry J. Justices, Presidents, and Senators: A History of the U.S. Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Clinton. Rev. ed. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Abraham covers Nixon's appointment of Warren Burger, Harry Blackmun, William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell to the Supreme Court.

Dean, John. The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment that Redefined the Supreme Court. New York: Free Press, 2001.

Jeffries, John C. Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.


Watergate: Chronology of a Crisis. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1975.

Kutler, Stanley. The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon. New York: Norton, 1992.

Considered by many to be the best overall study of Watergate.

Olson, Keith. Watergate: The Presidential Scandal that Shook America. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2003.

A succinct account of the Watergate scandal. Olson does not replace Kutler above but serves as brief introduction for a wide readership.

Colodny, Len and Robert Gettlin. Silent Coup: The Removal of a President. New York: St. Martins Press, 1991.

An alternative history of Watergate. Generally defends the Nixon administration.

Journalist Accounts

Bernstein, Carl and Bob Woodward. All the President's Men. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974.

Woodward and Bernstein were the Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story.

Bernstein, Carl and Bob Woodward. The Final Days. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1976.

Drew, Elizabeth. Washington Journal: The Events of 1973-1974. New York: Vintage, 1976.

One of the better journalist accounts of the Watergate crisis.

Lukas, J. Anthony. Nightmare: The Underside of the Nixon Years. New York: Viking, 1976.

White, Theodore. Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon. New York: Atheneum, 1975.

The Break-in / Cover-up

Please see Jeb Stuart Magruder, John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Maurice Stans, John Dean, and Charles Colson under Nixon Administration above.

Liddy, G. Gordon. Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980.

Liddy was influential in planning the Watergate break-in.

McCord, James. A Piece of Tape: The Watergate Story: Fact and Fiction. Rockville, Md.: Washington Media Sources Ltd., 1974.

McCord was one of the five men arrested on the night of the Watergate burglary.

Watergate Trials / The Ervin Committee / Prosecution

Kutler, Stanley, ed. Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes. New York: Free Press, 1997.

Washington Post's The Presidential Transcripts. New York: Dell, 1974.

Sirica, John. To Set the Record Straight: The Break-in, the Tapes, the Conspirators, the Pardon. New York: Norton, 1979.

Chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Sirica presided over the Watergate trials.

Gormley, Ken. Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1997.

Cox was the first special prosecutor for the Watergate case. Cox was fired over the controversy surrounding the Watergate tapes.

Doyle, James. Not above the Law: The Battles of Watergate Prosecutors Cox and Jaworski. New York: William Morrow, 1977.

Jaworski, Leon. The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate. New York: Reader's Digest Press, 1976.

Jaworski was appointed special prosecutor after Archibald Cox was fired by the Nixon administration.

Ervin, Sam. The Whole Truth: The Watergate Conspiracy. New York: Random House, 1980.

Ervin served as chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee, also known as the Ervin Committee.

Dash, Sam. Chief Counsel: Inside the Ervin Committee-The Untold Story of Watergate. New York: Random House, 1976.

Dash was chief counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee.

Thompson, Fred. At that Point in Time: The Inside Story of the Watergate Committee. New York: Quadrangle, 1975.

Thompson was chief minority counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee.

Ben Veniste, Richard and George Frampton, Jr. Stonewall: The Real Story of the Watergate Prosecution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.

Ben Veniste and Frampton were U.S. Attorney's working on the Watergate prosecution.

The Nixon Pardon

Green, John Robert. The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1995.

Also see Ford's A Time to Heal. under Nixon Administration above.


Chester, Lewis, Godfrey Hodgson, and Bruse Page. An American Melodrama: The Presidential Campaign of 1968. New York: Dell, 1969.

White, Theodore. The Making of the President: 1968. New York: Antheneum, 1969.

McGinnis, Joe. The Selling of the President, 1968. New York: Trident, 1969.

Rising, George. Clean for Gene: Eugene McCarthy's 1968 Presidential Campaign. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1997.

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., ed. History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-1968. 4 vols. New York: Chelsea House, 1971.

Includes brief essays, statistics and relevant documents on each presidential election from 1789 to 1968.

White, Theodore. The Making of the President: 1972. New York: Antheneum, 1973.

Hart, Gary. Right from the Star: A Chronicle of the McGovern Campaign. New York: Quadrangle, 1973.

May, Ernest and Janet Fraser, eds. Campaign 72: The Managers Speak. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1973.

Scammon, Richard and Ben Wattenburg. The Real Majority. New York: Coward-McCann, 1970.

Less of a history of any one election than a discussion of campaign strategy. An influential book during its time.


Barry Goldwater (Republican Senator)

Goldberg, Robert Alan. Barry Goldwater. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1995.

Goldwater, Barry, with Jack Casserly. Goldwater. New York: Doubleday, 1988.

Richard Helms (Director of the CIA)

Powers, Thomas. The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA. New York: Knopf, 1979.

Helms, Richard. A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency. New York: Random House, 2003.

J. Edgar Hoover (FBI Director)

Theoharis, Athan and John Stuart Cox. The Boss: J. Edgar Hoover and the Great American Inquisition. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988.

Hubert Humphrey (Former Vice President; 1968 Democratic Nominee for President)

Solberg, Carl. Hubert Humphrey: A Biography. New York: Norton, 1984.

Humphrey, Hubert H. Education of a Public Man: My Life and Politics. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1976.

Lyndon B. Johnson (Former President)

Dallek, Robert. Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Dallek, Robert. Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Dallek, Robert. Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Johnson, Lyndon B. The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency, 1963-1969. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1997.

George McGovern (Congressman; 1972 Democratic Nominee for President)

McGovern, George. The Autobiography of George McGovern. New York: Random House, 1977.

Lawrence O'Brien (Chairman Democratic National Committee)

O'Brien, Lawrence. No Final Victories: A Life in Politics from John F. Kennedy to Watergate. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1974.

Tip O'Neill (Democratic Congressman; House Majority Whip; House Majority Leader)

O'Neill, Tip, with William Novak. Man of the House. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.

Don Riegle

Riegle, Don. O Congress: A Diary of the Years 1971-1972. New York: Popular Library, 1972.

George Wallace (Alabama Governor; Presidential Candidate, 1968 and 1972)

Carter, Dan. Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.


Casper, Dale. Richard M. Nixon: A Bibliographic Exploration. New York: Garland Pub., 1988.