Butterfield: Nixon’s Watergate Frenemy

Alexander Butterfield, Nixon’s deputy COS who revealed the existence of the taping system in the White House, gets only a small mention in Watergate history but he has a lot to contribute to the understanding of it.   He recently spoke to Bob Woodward in a new book and his account and the records he kept for 40 years provide crucial details about Nixon and the history of his Presidency.

We discuss:

  • Butterfield’s Short, but Critical, Watergate Role
  • How Nixon Was as a Boss
  • The “Zilch Memo” He Kept and Why It is Important
  • Why White Houses Should be Aware of the “Butterfields” in their Midst.
  • How Butterfield Could Be Used to Counter Nixon Revisionism

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