Salon has published an excerpt from Ken Hughes’s Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate. H.R. Haldeman’s suggestion in an Oval Office meeting to blackmail former president Lyndon Johnson over an alleged political motivation behind the bombing halt in Vietnam sets into motion a fascinating story of political intrigue, stretching back to the 1968 presidential campaign and shedding valuable light on the Watergate scandal that would eventually bring down the Nixon administration. The Salon piece may be read here. You may listen to the Oval Office conversation here.
Politico has weighed in on Chasing Shadows, saying it is “impeccably sourced, with extensive use of White House tapes and documents, memoirs by the various protagonists and other citations.” The entire review may be read here.