I’ve just been reading about Nixon’s efforts to bug Ted Kennedy in this morning’s Guardian, by giving him leaky secret service agents. There’s something compelling about his level of political honesty, mixed in with the ruthlessness.
“You understand what the problem is,” Nixon told Haldeman and Ehrlichman on 7 September 1972. “If the [son of a bitch] gets shot they’ll say we didn’t furnish it [protection]. So you just buy his insurance.
“After the election he doesn’t get a … thing. If he gets shot it’s too damn bad. Do it under the basis, though, that we pick the secret service men.
“Understand what I’m talking about?”
So I’m now in the market for a good book about the man. Sue read Robert Caro’s Master of the Senate about Lyndon Johnson, recently, and it was just a rip-roarer of political intrigue. Any recommendations on Nixon? I’m after the real “this is what a bastard looks like” portrait. Thanks.