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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (88 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barry Werth Narrator: J. R. Horne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 31 Days, acclaimed historian Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days of August 1974, following Richard Nixon’s resignation and the swearing-in of America’s “accidental president,” Gerald Ford. The Watergate scandal had torn the country apart. In a dramatic, day-by-day account of the new administration’s inner workings, Werth shows how Ford, caught between political expedience, the country’s demands for justice, and his own moral compass, struggled valiantly to restore the nation’s tarnished faith in its leadership. With deft and refreshing analysis Werth illuminates how this unprecedented political upheaval produced new fissures and battle lines, as well as new opportunities for political advancement for ambitious young men such as Donald Rumsfeld, who had been Nixon’s ambassador to NATO, and Dick Cheney, already coolly efficient as Rumsfeld’s former deputy. A superbly crafted presidential history with all of the twists and turns of a thriller, 31 Days sheds new light on the key players and political dilemmas that reverberate in today’s headlines.

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  • In this fast-paced narrative, Barry Werth has captured the excitement of the scary days just after Nixon resigned. It's a great inside glimpse at how government works, plus it reveals how some of today's power players including Cheney and Rumsfeld got their start."
  • —Walter Isaacson

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thomas Ptacek | 4/17/2012

    " Provides more in the way of biographical background on the Cheney-era GOP than insight on how and why it functions today, but more engrossing than I expected it to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicole Marble | 1/9/2012

    " A fascinating look at the historic month following the resignation of Richard Nixon. In addition to Gerald Ford, also featured are Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. Fords story also overlaps with the Watergate scandal. A must read for all voters - especially those under 60. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kyra | 6/9/2011

    " I became interetsed in Ford after his public viewing at the Capitol building last January. He is/was an interesting guy that was in a no-win situation. It is also interesting to read about the retreads when they were young and less scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl | 4/29/2011

    " The 31 days between Nixon's resignation and pardon. If I had any doubts about the negative influences that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld had/have on our country, this book quickly dispelled them. Dick Cheney scares the daylights out of me. "

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