The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate

The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate

James Rosen / Jun 02, 2020

The Strong Man John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate The Strong Man is the first full scale biography of John N Mitchell the central figure in the rise and ruin of Richard Nixon and the highest ranking American official ever convicted on criminal charg

  • Title: The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate
  • Author: James Rosen
  • ISBN: 9780385508643
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Strong Man is the first full scale biography of John N Mitchell, the central figure in the rise and ruin of Richard Nixon and the highest ranking American official ever convicted on criminal charges.As U.S attorney general from 1969 to 1972, John Mitchell stood at the center of the upheavals of the late sixties The most powerful man in the Nixon cabinet, a confidentThe Strong Man is the first full scale biography of John N Mitchell, the central figure in the rise and ruin of Richard Nixon and the highest ranking American official ever convicted on criminal charges.As U.S attorney general from 1969 to 1972, John Mitchell stood at the center of the upheavals of the late sixties The most powerful man in the Nixon cabinet, a confident troubleshooter, Mitchell championed law and order against the bomb throwers of the antiwar movement, desegregated the South s public schools, restored calm after the killings at Kent State, and steered the commander in chief through the Pentagon Papers and Joint Chiefs spying crises After leaving office, Mitchell survived the ITT and Vesco scandals but was ultimately destroyed by Watergate With a novelist s skill, James Rosen traces Mitchell s early life and career from his Long Island boyhood to his mastery of Wall Street, where Mitchell s innovations in municipal finance made him a power broker to the Rockefellers and mayors and governors in all fifty states After merging law firms with Richard Nixon, Mitchell brilliantly managed Nixon s 1968 presidential campaign and, at his urging, reluctantly agreed to serve as attorney general With his steely demeanor and trademark pipe, Mitchell commanded awe throughout the government as Nixon s most trusted adviser, the only man in Washington who could say no to the president.Chronicling the collapse of the Nixon presidency, The Strong Man follows America s former top cop on his singular odyssey through the criminal justice system a tortuous maze of camera crews, congressional hearings, special prosecutors, and federal trials The path led, ultimately, to a prison cell in Montgomery, Alabama, where Mitchell was welcomed into federal custody by the same men he had appointed to office Rosen also reveals the dark truth about Mitchell s marriage to the flamboyant and volatile Martha Mitchell her slide into alcoholism and madness, their bitter divorce, and the toll it all took on their daughter, Marty.Based on 250 original interviews and hundreds of thousands of previously unpublished documents and tapes, The Strong Man resolves definitively the central mysteries of the Nixon era the true purpose of the Watergate break in, who ordered it, the hidden role played by the Central Intelligence Agency, and those behind the cover up.A landmark of history and biography, The Strong Man is that rarest of books both a model of scholarly research and savvy analysis and a masterful literary achievement.

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    801 Comments

    1. Sometimes you have to wait a lifetime to find out what a person is truly like. James Rosen's splendid book on Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell is a testament to that. One hundred pages of footnotes (including over 250 interviews he personally conducted) in a 609 page book denote the vast and varied sources that Rosen, who started his research as a prodigious 21 year old fresh out of Johns Hopkins University, painstakingly assembled. The result is nothing less than extraordinary.Along the way [...]


    2. Let me preface this four-star review by saying that I really enjoyed reading this book purely from an entertainment standpoint - It's well written, interestingly researched, and has a really compelling central character. However, based on its historical merit and contributions to Nixon/Watergate scholarship, I would have to say it ranks much lower.The Strong Man starts out in a promising way: Based on previously unused primary sources, the author aims to write a biograhpy of former Attorney Gene [...]


    3. James Rosen's book presents the facts surrounding John Mitchell and the "Nixon years" in a straight forward, engaging manner. Though some of the facts are difficult to hear, and some of the sections seem endless because the story itself becomes tedious, this is a book that should be read by every US citizen! Rosen's massive research, conducted over a decade or more of intense study and analysis, sets the standard for all the biographers who follow. It answers questions for those of us who lived [...]


    4. Rosen's long-awaited masterpiece is a magnificient addition to the analysis of our nation's history---in particular the Nixon presidency years. It should be required reading in every university-level American history class.



    5. Wow! This book was fascinating, and is certainly a must-read for anyone with any interest in the Watergate political scandal, or in Richard Nixon (and his rather bizarre personality), or in 1960's-70's U.S. politics. I recognized John Mitchell as one of the "Watergate names" from that period, and remember hearing about and seeing unflattering news photos of Martha Mitchell (his second wife), but this book puts it all in context, including the earlier part of Mitchell's notable legal career.While [...]


    6. This was such an interesting read. Having lived thru Watergate but being too young to understand it, this book made me feel as if I was there. I was sucked in and didn't want to put the book down. Great book!


    7. I have been in a Nixon & Watergate state of mind. This was a very good book and somewhat exonerates AG Mitchell from most (not all) of the Watergate crimes. It also cast some aspersions about John Dean who some have heralded a hero or whistleblower of Watergate.



    8. Obviously sympathetic to Mitchell but pretty brutal on everyone else this is none-the-less a good read that still comes across fairly well balanced. Lots of detail from newly available sources the story does not get bogged down. Reads like a who done it. Real politic by the pros.


    9. The U.S. history book of the year. This book is the result of 17 years of absolutely astonishing research and investigation. If you thought you knew everything about Watergate, then you must feast your eyes on the previously unpublished material Rosen has dug up.


    10. James Rosen did a great job of researching and writing this book, which looks at the life and times of John Mitchell. Nixon's first attorney general kept the president balanced, and once he was gone, Nixon spun out of control.





    11. Tedious but very compelling. One constant of Washington is scandal. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in understanding the challenges all administrations face to vary degrees.


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