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July 13, 2022

A window display in a menswear shop in London, during the Nixon dollar crisis.

Book Review

Andrew Elrod

The Burglaries Were Never the Story

Punctuated by Watergate, the Nixon Administration has been evacuated of its historical import

The historical insights of one era have been lost to the journalistic instincts of another. Whereas we understand how a growing country in the late 19th century could be brought together by open collusion of business interests, we give little attention today to how changing commercial opportunities during the Vietnam War might have torn apart the political accommodations that followed World War II. Watergate’s place in this history today is but a hairline fracture to the New Deal Order; a symbol rather than a decisive moment.

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