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Haldeman and Ehrlichman had enforced the president’s will and protected him from his rivals and his worst instincts for four years. Without them, Nixon stood alone, backed by a staff that lacked gravitas and confidence as the Watergate scandal snowballed. Nixon needed a savior, someone who would lift his fortunes while keeping his White House from blowing apart. He hoped that savior would be his deputy national security adviser, Alexander Haig, whom he appointed chief of staff. But Haig’s goal was not to keep Nixon in office—it was to remove him.
In Haig’s Coup, Ray Locker uses recently declassified documents to tell the true story of how Haig orchestrated Nixon’s demise, resignation, and subsequent pardon. A story of intrigues, cover-ups, and treachery, this incisive history shows how Haig engineered the “soft coup” that ended our long national nightmare and brought Watergate to an end.
“Ray Locker’s latest book is a bombshell! It will force us to consider what we thought we knew about the final year of Richard Nixon’s presidency and the role of Alexander Haig. Even Watergate aficionados will learn plenty—and yearn for more.”—Luke A. Nichter, author of The Nixon Tapes: 1973
“Ray Locker has done extraordinary work here: Haig’s Coup is a deep dig that will force a major reset of the perceived history of the Watergate era. I’m honored to have had an early peek at it. I learned a lot.”—Ed Gray, coauthor of In Nixon’s Web: A Year in the Crosshairs of Watergate
“Ray Locker is a probing newsman, an indefatigable researcher, and a talented historian. His return to the subject matter of the Nixon White House is good news to all students of the modern presidency, for there is no one better equipped to mine the remaining secrets of that tumultuous era. The truth is out there, and Ray Locker is the man to get it.”—James Rosen, former Fox News chief Washington correspondent and author of The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate