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Author: John W. Dean Narrator: Michael Rafkin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442353824
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In the fall of 1971, when William Rehnquist was nominated to fill an Associate Justice seat on the Supreme Court, the Senate raised no major objections, and a little-known Assistant Attorney General found himself at the pinnacle of the judiciary.

It seemed a straightforward choice of a relatively young, academically outstanding and politically seasoned lawyer who shared Richard Nixon's philosophy of "strict constructionism." As Nixon's White House Counsel John Dean reveals for the first time that the choice was anything but straightforward. The truth is that Nixon's nomination was the result of a dramatic, Nixonian rollercoaster. Rehnquist was a last-minute longshot who had once been dismissed by Nixon as a "clown." Only John Dean -- Rehnquist's champion at the time -- knows the full, improbable story.

Dean's gripping tale is loaded with revelations such as Nixon's plan to pack the court by forcing resignations, before his inauguration.

Using newly released White House tapes, and thousands of previously unseen documents, Dean puts listeners directly in the Oval Office with Nixon, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell, Rehnquist, and the candidates they considered.

The Rehnquist Choice fills in a long-missing explanation of the making of the man who wrote the majority opinion in Bush v. Gore and presided over the impeachment trial of William Jefferson Clinton. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Watergate buffs will find The Rehnquist Choice jolly nostalgic fun.” 

    Garrett Epps, Washington Post

  • “The most detailed behind-the-scenes account ever written of a high court nomination…impressive for many reasons: its lucid prose, its subtle humor, its relentlessly logical argumentation…a terrific page-turner.” 

    David Greenberg, Washington Monthly

  • “This inside look at chaos in deciding who should fill Supreme Court vacancies is a delight…Dean has performed a valuable service in recording Nixon’s tortuous course to a decision.” 

    Robert D. Novak, National Review

  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

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About the Author

John W. Dean appears frequently on television to discuss matters relating to the Nixon presidency. Dean served as White House counsel during Nixon’s presidency and became involved in the Watergate scandal. He is referred to by the FBI as the master manipulator of the cover up. He regularly reviews books for the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, and and writes a regular column on legal, government, and political matters for the Internet publication Writ.

About the Narrator

Michael Rafkin is best known as the founding artistic director of The Mad Horse Theater Company in Portland, Maine. He is also a member of 3D Radio Theatre. He performed in The Misanthrope at Portland Stage and in Beanstalk Variations, which he coauthored with Figures of Speech Theatre. Michael acts, directs, and teaches throughout Maine and New England.