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President-elect Obama with Nancy Killefer, the new Chief Performance Officer, for his administration. The news conference held at the transition office in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 7, 2009.
President-elect Obama with former Presidents Bush (41), Carter and Clinton and current President Bush at the WHite House on Jan. 7, 2009.

Write it When I’m Gone
Thomas DeFrank

An excellent read for anyone who grew up during the Watergate era as this book brings up some humorous memories of President Ford’s time in office as well as some of the more serious tones of the era.  One of my favorite things about reading history that I grew up during is being able to say:
Yeah.  I remember that.

Write it When I’m Gone was just an all out fun because I was able to identify with the time period being discussed in the book.  I think it is also a valuable piece of literature for those who didn’t grow up during the time as they can glimpse what was happening during the Watergate era and beyond.

FDR’s Deadly Secret
Eric Fettmann and Steven Lomazow

The scar above FDR’s eye, the authors suggest, may well have been a form of skin cancer and THAT may well have been the ultimate cause of his death.  You should read this book and decide whether the theory holds any water for you.  While I read the book I somewhat came around to the authors point of view as they laid out many interesting facts that pointed to the possibility of their theory being true.

JFK and the Unspeakable
James W. Douglass

Fred R one of Scranton Library’s regular members who is also in one of the book clubs the library gets books for recommended JFK and the Unspeakable to me.  What a book.  One of the reasons I connect with the book is that Thomas Merton someone I also have a deep connection with parallels the story here.

Another theory as why JFK was assassinated:
President Kennedy during his short time as President made a slow but determined shift to seeking peace in the world.  This angered the military, his Joint Chiefs and others in his administration.  The anger finally boiled over into the planning and carrying out JFK’s assassination.

Many facts are in here to back up the author’s theory.  Easy to read and educational for me.  Check it out.

History is one of my favorite non fiction genres, especially recent history. History that happened in my lifetime. Because I read it and can recall that it occurred. One of my favorite times to read about is President Nixon’s time in office.

All the President’s Men

And now to come full circle with Bob Woodward perhaps final story about that time in the volatile 1970s with
The Last of the President’s Men

Last President's Men

Alexander Butterfield is the subject of Woodward latest book.  What’s fascinating about Butterfield is that he’s the man who installed the secret taping in the Nixon White House, the very system that helped bring down the Nixon Presidency.

Before Butterfield became a Nixon confidant he was “stuck” in Australia. Wanting back in the game, gambled on contacting an old friend in Washington DC who was part of the new Nixon Administration.  Butterfield had known his friend, Bob Haldeman for some time and he contacted Haldeman to inquire about any openings on the Nixon team.  Initially, there was nothing available until Haldeman created a position for Butterfield.

That first month in the Nixon White House was anything but smooth for Butterfield as he came to realize how bizarre President Nixon behaved.  But it didn’t take long for the two of them to develop a rapport.  If you’re a Watergate aficionado, and you think you’ve seen it all and read it all, this book will close the final chapter in that history.  Definitely worth the read.

Until next time…
…Turn the page.



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