Published complete without one word altered, with the aid of the staff of The Washington Post.
The publication of The Presidential Transcripts is an event unprecedented in our nation's history. For the first time, an American President has opened the doors of the inner sanctum of Executive power to the public gaze. Here are the confidential words of Richard Nixon and the controversial figures around him, including John Dean, H.R. Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman. Here are private views of public figures far different from any image that has ever appeared on the TV screen.
Some of these transcripts make shocking reading for all who consider the Presidential office as embodying the highest ideals of our land. Others of these conversations must be closely examined as to what they say about Richard Nixon's guilt or innocence, knowledge or ignorance. All of these transcripts represent an electrifying drama surpassing all fiction--and a volume that stands as a landmark for centuries to come.