Twenty-five years after the Watergate scandal led to his resignation, Richard M. Nixon remains an enigmatic figure, the only president to step down under the threat of impeachment charges. The insiders' view of the Nixon presidency through the lens of Fred J. Maroon and the pen of Tom Wicker sheds light on Nixon and this extraordinary and unsettling time.
Fred J. Maroon had no way of knowing when he began work in 1970 on a book project to photograph the new presidency that he would find himself in a unique position to document the events, as they unraveled, of the Watergate crisis. At that time no other outside photographer had been given the kind of access Maroon had to the White House or, later, to the Committee to Re-elect the President. To complete the story of Watergate, Maroon covered the events that followed the Senate Watergate hearings, and the final days of the Nixon presidency.
Most of the 145 duotone photographs in this remarkable portfolio have never been published before; they are the best of the thousands of pictures Maroon took during Nixon's term in office, from his jubilant inauguration in 1969 to his emotional resignation in 1974. The pictures are direct, powerful documents of a disturbing political era.
The accompanying text by eminent journalist Tom Wicker, who also had first-hand knowledge of the presidency as a columnist for the New York Times, is an objective, insightful narration of the Nixon years. He relates the peaks and valleys of Nixon's seesawing career and scrutinizes his legacy. Maroon's factual and anecdotal captions further illuminate the surprising events of the time. With its fascinating collection of photographs and intriguing text, this book is a unique portrayal of a president in crisis.