Treason: Nixon and the 1968 Election

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“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

―Oath of Office of the President of the United States

Right hand held high, Richard M. Nixon was sworn into the office he had already betrayed. In the months before the 1968 election, Nixon and his allies―including the “Dragon Lady” Anna Chennault and Henry Kissinger―collaborated with foreign nationals to undermine Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam peace talks in order to curry public favor for Nixon and his secret plan to bring an end to the Vietnam War. Nixon’s sabotage extended the brutal conflict, ultimately costing thousands of lives. This incisive account reveals the true Nixon and shakes the fundamental trust we place in our leaders.

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This stunning work lays bare the machinations of Richard Nixon, who deliberately prolonged the Vietnam War to win the 1968 presidential election and caused the slaughter of thousands of the citizens he was sworn to lead and defend. After two crushing defeats in the early 1960s, Nixon burst back into the political sphere with a bid for the White House in 1968, running against Democratic candidate Vice Pres. Hubert Humphrey. Nixon hoped to curry public favor by promising to end the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, but Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson also pushed for peace in the aftermath of the strategic disaster of the Tet Offensive.

From campaign to cover-up, Nixon took matters into his own hands. While the media feverishly speculated on the nature of Nixon’s secret plan for peace, Nixon obstructed Johnson’s peace talks. Author Don Fulsom presents the indisputable evidence—only recently revealed—of Nixon’s transgressions and their long-lasting repercussions. Fulsom, who covered Nixon’s presidency during his career as a reporter, calls in legal and psychological experts to determine whether Nixon actually committed treason and how his wracked mind twisted events and facts. New light is shed on Hubert Humphrey, who, although he was aware of Nixon’s sabotage, sacrificed his chance at the presidency in interests of national security.

Filled with extraordinary insight and damning evidence, this work rewrites the narrative of Nixon’s ambition and subterfuge, calling into question the trust placed by the American people in the highest office in the land.

Don Fulsom is an adjunct professor of government at American University, where his courses include Watergate: A Constitutional Crisis and Who Killed JFK? Born in Buffalo, New York, he earned his degree in history from Syracuse University. His impressive journalism career spanned five presidencies and sweeping global changes, and he is widely regarded as a political expert and Washington insider. Fulsom has been a sought-after guest on networks including C-SPAN, the History Channel, CNN, Fox News Channel, Voice of America, USAToday.com, and BBC, as well as numerous radio programs. Since his retirement from journalism, Fulsom has continued to write noted investigative articles, which appear in publications such as Crime Magazine. His work has been praised by renowned historian Douglas Brinkley and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington reporter Patrick J. Sloyan and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, and the Boston Globe. Fulsom lives in Washington, DC.

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Richard Milhous Nixon, president and consummate manipulator, is still a fascinating figure more than forty years after his resignation over the Watergate scandal. Watergate, however, was only the most infamous of his transgressions; Nixon’s record of political subterfuge for personal gain began earlier with his manipulation of the 1968 presidential election. Running on the promise of a secret plan to end the Vietnam War, Nixon would do anything to ensure no one else could claim the credit and public approval that would come with forging peace. Nixon sabotaged the 1968 Paris peace talks, ensuring his own election. His greed came at a bloody cost: thousands died in the prolonged war. But did Nixon actually commit treason?

With newly released information, fresh interviews, and a journalist’s keen eye, author Don Fulsom investigates the true extent of Nixon’s crimes from campaign through resignation. He compellingly portrays a cast of characters including Henry Kissinger, South Vietnam’s president Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, and “Dragon Lady” Anna Chennault. Impeccably sourced and drawing on recently declassified documents, as well as Fulsom’s experience covering the 1968 election and Nixon’s presidency, this incisive volume lays bare secrets that toppled nations.

Don Fulsom is a former White House correspondent and a Washington bureau chief of United Press International who covered the Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton presidencies. He has written for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Esquire, and other publications. Fulsom, a correspondent for Crime Magazine and professor at American University, lives in Washington, DC.

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