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Roger Stone writing new book, "Nixon's Secret"

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Nixon's Secret

Watergate, the Ford Pardon, the 18 1/2 minute gap

By Roger Stone with Mike Colapietro

He was the youngest Vice President in history but a disastrous debate with the dashing JFK caused him to lose the presidency by a whisker. After a humiliating loss in run for Governor of his home state Richard Nixon said he through with politics. Then he would rise from the ashes in the greatest comeback in political history only to be brought low by a terrible, terrible secret, a secret the Watergate break -in was trying to find proof of. Yet the very secret that caused his downfall would also guarantee his pardon. Now, finally the inside story on Watergate Nixon's pardon and what was erased in the 18 1/2 minute gap.

Using Gen Al Haig as his agent Nixon let Ford know Nixon would expose the CIA's involvement in the JFK assassination and Ford's role in altering autopsy records for the Warren Commission if he went to trial in the Watergate scandal. "Tell them if Dick Nixon's going down I'm taking everyone down with me, that xxxxx (CIA Director Richard) Helms, Lyndon and Jerry Ford are going down with me." was the way Haig phrased it.

Nixon's Secret charts Nixon's spectacular rise to the pinnacle of power as Vice President, his agonizingly close loss to John Kennedy, his humiliating defeat for Governor or California and his wilderness years, which would take him to Dallas on November 22, 1963. Stone outlines Nixon's stunning comeback in which Roger Ailes (later the President of FOX news) repackaged Nixon for the television age. Stone says Nixon followed the path created by the murders of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King as well the folly of the Vietnam War to the greatest comeback in American Political history.

Yet Nixon's paranoia would drive him to break in the Democratic National Committee and rifle committee files to see if his Cuban arch-nemesis Fidel Castro had filled the Democrats in on his terrible secret- it was Vice President Richard Nixon who approved the CIA contracting of the mob to kill Castro - a plot that failed. Nixon also knew the failed Bay of Pigs invasion has spawned the JFK assassination and that President Lyndon Johnson, the CIA, the Mob and big Texas Oil has staged Kennedy's removal.

Stone examines the bungled Watergate Break-in to determine what exactly Nixon's agents were looking for and how the CIA infiltrated the burglar team and sabotaged the break-in to gain leverage over Nixon who was demanding the CIA turn over the records of the Bay
of Pigs and Kennedy Assassination. Stone presents stunning evidence proving Democrats and the DC Metropolitan Police had been tipped off the break-in in advance.

Nixon also knew Warren Commission member Gerald Ford has altered Kennedy's Autopsy record to change the description of the location of a wound from the upper back to the lower neck to accommodate the Warren Commission's single bullet theory- a fact unknown to the American public until records were declassified exposing Ford's duplicity in 1996. Nixon had learned of Ford role in the Warren Commission cover-up because the #3 man at the FBI Cartha "Deke" DeLoach , who actually gave Ford his instructions told John Mitchell Nixon's Attorney General who briefed the President.

Thus Nixon would use this information to avoid prosecution and jail to blackmail Gerald Ford for a full, free and unconditional pardon. Nixon's secret would not only destroy his presidency it would save him from prison. Nixon threaten to take them all down if he went to trial. Gen. Alexander Haig , who would broker Nixon's pardon confirmed Nixon ploy to a wealthy Republican crony the year he died.

Nixon blurting out this threat is why Nixon erased 18 1/2 minutes of the famous White House Tapes only to let longtime personal secretary Rose Mary Woods take the rap. Stone also reveals other gaps in the White Tapes where Nixon deleted rants about the CIA. JFK and the Bay of Pigs. Nixon didn't need to worry as, as Stone tells us, even today the government has redacted all references to the Bay of Pigs, the Kennedy Assaonationan and the CIA from the publicly released Nixon tapes and the Obama Administration's fighting in Federal Court to keep the CIA's Bay of Pigs records sealed.

Stone's book is certainly not a partisan apologia for Nixon as much as a warts-and-all assessment of the 37th President who dominated American politics for forty years, was on five national GOP tickets and who's record in office, quirky personality and idiosyncrasies still fascinate the public today. Stone offers similarly colorful and nuanced portraits of Pat Nixon, John and Robert Kennedy, J.Edgar Hoover, Roy Cohn, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Hoffa, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Gerald Ford, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and others in this vivid drama.

Nixon, the Bay of Pigs, the 1960 cliff hanger, the JFK Assassination, the Watergate break-in, Al Haig , Gerald Ford, the Pardon, the 18 1/2 minute gap, political Insider Roger Stone explains it all. Stone is the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Man Who Killed Kennedy- the Case Against LBJ ( Skyhorse)

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