AuthorsLive to Present Watergate Insider and Author John Dean on July 29

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On Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary will present John Dean, a key player in the Nixon administration who will discuss his new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It. Based on previously unavailable recordings, The Nixon Defense connects the dots between Watergate lore and reality. Published to coincide with the August 9, 2014 fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation from office, the book goes on sale on July 29.

The primary source material for the true story of Watergate--Nixon's secret recordings--have only recently become available. After listening to nearly 1,000 hours of tapes, and using his own transcripts, Dean reconstructs the full history of the scandal in a dramatic narrative, with dialogue drawn directly from Watergate-related conversations. Insider Dean is finally able to divulge the full story of the Watergate break-in and cover-up, and disclose Nixon's part in it. 

Dean presents a day-to-day record of how the Nixon White House confronted the revelation of the break-in, strategized a defense, and ultimately succumbed under the weight of its own lies. The Nixon Defense is not only a compelling and dramatic story of Watergate itself, but a stunning portrait of Nixon and his aides (Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, et al.), and the cynicism, paranoia, and vindictiveness that were so often the driving forces of the president and his inner circle. An unprecedented look into the disgrace that brought down a president and disillusioned a nation, The Nixon Defense is expected to be an authoritative account of Watergate. 

John W. Dean was legal counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony lead to Nixon's resignation. In 2006, Dean testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating George W. Bush's NSA warrantless wiretap program and his commentary is widely read. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Blind Ambition, Broken Government, Conservatives Without Conscience and Worse Than Watergate

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933 or visit

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