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After the Watergate scandal corrupted American democracy, it took a gang of honest politicians to restore honor Not long after burglars were caught raiding the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel, Congressman Tip O'Neill noticed that Democratic fundraising efforts for the 1972 election had stalled. Major contributors were under IRS investigatio After the Watergate scandal corrupted American democracy, it took a gang of honest politicians to restore honor Not long after burglars were caught raiding the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel, Congressman Tip O'Neill noticed that Democratic fundraising efforts for the 1972 election had stalled. Major contributors were under IRS investigation, and Republican lackeys were threatening further trouble if those donors didn't close their checkbooks. O'Neill sensed a conspiracy coming from the Nixon administration, but it wasn't until the scandal broke that he connected the threatened donors with the Watergate burglary. In the boldest move of his career, he did something that would shock the nation: O'Neill decided to impeach the President. To his fellow members of the House of Representatives, this was an ugly idea. But as evidence mounted against Nixon and his cronies, O'Neill led the charge against the President. This blow-by-blow, conviction-by-conviction account is a gripping reminder of how O'Neill and his colleagues brought justice to those who abused their power, and revived America after the greatest political scandal in its history. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jimmy Breslin including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.


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After the Watergate scandal corrupted American democracy, it took a gang of honest politicians to restore honor Not long after burglars were caught raiding the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel, Congressman Tip O'Neill noticed that Democratic fundraising efforts for the 1972 election had stalled. Major contributors were under IRS investigatio After the Watergate scandal corrupted American democracy, it took a gang of honest politicians to restore honor Not long after burglars were caught raiding the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel, Congressman Tip O'Neill noticed that Democratic fundraising efforts for the 1972 election had stalled. Major contributors were under IRS investigation, and Republican lackeys were threatening further trouble if those donors didn't close their checkbooks. O'Neill sensed a conspiracy coming from the Nixon administration, but it wasn't until the scandal broke that he connected the threatened donors with the Watergate burglary. In the boldest move of his career, he did something that would shock the nation: O'Neill decided to impeach the President. To his fellow members of the House of Representatives, this was an ugly idea. But as evidence mounted against Nixon and his cronies, O'Neill led the charge against the President. This blow-by-blow, conviction-by-conviction account is a gripping reminder of how O'Neill and his colleagues brought justice to those who abused their power, and revived America after the greatest political scandal in its history. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jimmy Breslin including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.

30 review for How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes from an Impeachment Summer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    A very good book about machinations in the House of Representatives that led to the vote on impeachment that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon. Breslin was "embedded" in today's language, wth Tip O'Neil, House Majority Leader, who made the appointments to the impeachment committee. He has good profiles of O'Neil, Peter Rodino, council John Doer, and more. The book is quite in the weeds, so don't read it if you want a roundup or history of the whole of Watergate. But Breslin's excellence at A very good book about machinations in the House of Representatives that led to the vote on impeachment that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon. Breslin was "embedded" in today's language, wth Tip O'Neil, House Majority Leader, who made the appointments to the impeachment committee. He has good profiles of O'Neil, Peter Rodino, council John Doer, and more. The book is quite in the weeds, so don't read it if you want a roundup or history of the whole of Watergate. But Breslin's excellence at characterization, and his eye for detail in the settings, makes the weeds easier to get through. Me, I remember almost all these events, so I liked these details, and with Breslin's recent death was wanting to read him. Of course, lots of contrasts with today. I've got to say that the GOP seemed to be a little more upstanding back then, though Nixon had his defenders, but nobody as duplicitous as Nunes has been these last few weeks with Trump. A really good scene, though, is when Tip O'Neil goes to Wyoming to make a speech, and Breslin describes how a pretty conservative bunch hung on his every word, and O'Neil knew then that Nixon had pretty much no support in the country. Another good part of the story, early on, is when Spiro Agnew was asserting that prosecuting him for taking bribes was against the law so he could hang on. Nixon, I think, and many Republicans thought that if they kept Agnew around, chances of Nixon's impeachment were less. O'Neil agreed and wouldn't allow Agnew to get away with things. Good scenes here, and Breslin puts you right in them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ted Mallory

    It was still summer, so after the last book I'd finished I really wanted something I could sink my teeth into before school started up again. I've always been a fan of newspaper columnists like Chicago's Mike Royko, Texas's Molly Ivins, Florida's Dave Berry, and DC's Art Buchwald. So I went scrounging around a hot, cavernous used bookstore in downtown Omaha for the legendary New York columnist, Jimmy Breslin. I got lucky and found a dusty old hardcover subtitled "notes on an impeachment summer." It was still summer, so after the last book I'd finished I really wanted something I could sink my teeth into before school started up again. I've always been a fan of newspaper columnists like Chicago's Mike Royko, Texas's Molly Ivins, Florida's Dave Berry, and DC's Art Buchwald. So I went scrounging around a hot, cavernous used bookstore in downtown Omaha for the legendary New York columnist, Jimmy Breslin. I got lucky and found a dusty old hardcover subtitled "notes on an impeachment summer." With so many people calling for Bush, Cheney and Gonzales each or all to be impeached (including prominent Republican Constitutional scholars like Bruce Fein) I thought that it might be fun to take a look at what it was like for the lawmakers who finally stepped up and put pressure on Nixon back in 1974. Wow, what I find! I was quickly absorbed with Breslin's warm, human, and grisly telling of how the Nixon Administration intimidated, harassed and extorted Yankees owner and Democratic campaign contributor George Steinbrenner and the careful, concerned, and constituent-influenced hard work of then House Majority Leader Thomas 'Tip' O'Neill. So... imagine my chagrin when I discovered (a mile or two too late) that I had left my copy of this important and relevant book on the roof of my minivan, along with a cup of Dr. Pepper when leaving Subway on my way to a family picnic. "Kathunk-slosh, what was that? Hmmm, say, what's that flying around on the road behind us? Aw, shooooot." Thanks to the miracle of the internet, I was soon able to spend $1.50 and $9.50 in shipping, handling and sales taxes on a paperback copy from a used bookstore partner of www.barnesandnoble.com. Within a week, I was joyously enjoying Tip O'Neill and his Daniel Webster cigars and whatever, probably Cuban stogies that Breslin chewed on while he shadowed the Massachusetts Democrat. The book features the squeeky-clean Impeachment sub-committee chairman Peter Rodino, Chicago machine politicial Dan Rostentowski, meticulous and driven special prosecutor John Doar, unscrupulous Watergate burglar Jeb Magruder threatening a former New Jersey congressman in federal prison, and the affable and decent Jerry Ford as they all played their part in the first serious impeachment proceedings since Reconstruction. Sure, you say, but you're a history buff and a political junkie- surely this is a dry, boring bit of sausage-making. Au Contraire Mon Frère! Breslin uses short, easy to read chapters and cocks it full of spicy and saucy details and anecdotes that make you appreciate what was done and get to know who did it as real people who really loved their country. This is a book that is fun, even if you aren't a constitutional lawyer or a legislative historian- I promise. And, especially at a time when the majority of the American people (both Democrats and more and more Republicans) desperately want something done, but Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid refuse to even consider impeachment, de-funding the war, or preventing illegal wire tapping- this is a book and a time which Americans need to review and consider. I wish Ballantine would consider republishing this book with some kind of Forward or Afterward added that addresses our current mess. If you don't order a used copy of this book for your own pleasure or edification, I hope you'll consider buying one as a gift to your local congressmen. I'd send one to mine (Steve King) but he's such a fascist, he'd probably burn it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Golden

    Jimmy Breslin follows Tip O'Neill around starting in the summer of 1973 through Nixon's resignation in August 1974. Breslin shows how O'Neill helped lay the political groundwork and helped move the case against Nixon along in the House. O'Neill knew that regardless of the legal issues involved, Nixon's fate would come down to a vote, specifically Peter Rodino's ability to put together a vote in the House Judiciary committee. Lots of raw politics, lots of inside baseball, lots of references to po Jimmy Breslin follows Tip O'Neill around starting in the summer of 1973 through Nixon's resignation in August 1974. Breslin shows how O'Neill helped lay the political groundwork and helped move the case against Nixon along in the House. O'Neill knew that regardless of the legal issues involved, Nixon's fate would come down to a vote, specifically Peter Rodino's ability to put together a vote in the House Judiciary committee. Lots of raw politics, lots of inside baseball, lots of references to political skills developed in local party clubhouses and political instincts honed at race tracks. Rereading it after many years, I was struck by the contrast with today's Congress; not the partisanship or how little time they spend in session, but how the people running Congress today have none of the basic, fundamental retail political skills needed to legislate. Today everything's about the wholesale politics of money raising, advertising, press conferences, money raising, polling, money raising, etc. etc. You can be elected to Congress knowing absolutely nothing about how to make legislation.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Breslin provides a description of the activities of the main congressional players during the time leading up to the resignation of Richard Nixon. Tip O'Neill stars as a congressman who is a politician, but not a lawyer. What a difference that makes. Then there are the lawyers, like House Judiciary Committee Counsel John Doar, who follow the evidence and turn the inexorable wheels of justice. Breslin also provides insights into aspects of Nixon's character and personality which aided his demise. Breslin provides a description of the activities of the main congressional players during the time leading up to the resignation of Richard Nixon. Tip O'Neill stars as a congressman who is a politician, but not a lawyer. What a difference that makes. Then there are the lawyers, like House Judiciary Committee Counsel John Doar, who follow the evidence and turn the inexorable wheels of justice. Breslin also provides insights into aspects of Nixon's character and personality which aided his demise.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    An entertaining narrative on the political process surrounding Nixon's impeachment. I had no idea how influential Tip O'Neil was to the Senate, or to Massachusetts until reading Breslin's firsthand accounts on the Watergate scandal. An entertaining narrative on the political process surrounding Nixon's impeachment. I had no idea how influential Tip O'Neil was to the Senate, or to Massachusetts until reading Breslin's firsthand accounts on the Watergate scandal.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Hartshorne

    This is an amazing series of great stories by the incomparable Jimmy Breslin that changed everything I thought I knew about the impeachment of Richard Nixon and everything I thought I knew about politics in the USA.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Seán

    Tip O'Neill is just a straight House-floor gangsta/sage all throughout. Takeaway Yankees Trivia: in 1971 George Steinbrenner was squeezed by the IRS during Tricky Dick's reign to head up the Ohio chapter of "Democrats for Nixon." Tip O'Neill is just a straight House-floor gangsta/sage all throughout. Takeaway Yankees Trivia: in 1971 George Steinbrenner was squeezed by the IRS during Tricky Dick's reign to head up the Ohio chapter of "Democrats for Nixon."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bradford

    My take away: Nixon was impeached by a mountain of paper.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    A slim chronicle of Watergate through Congress' eyes, particularly Tip O'Neill and Peter Rodino's. A little too much time with Tip, but it's enlivened by Breslin's brilliant prose. A slim chronicle of Watergate through Congress' eyes, particularly Tip O'Neill and Peter Rodino's. A little too much time with Tip, but it's enlivened by Breslin's brilliant prose.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Literary Lioness

    How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes from an Impeachment Summer by Jimmy Breslin Is another book about Watergate with an interesting angle. All the President’s Men, which I recently reviewed, was written from the view of the reporters covering the story, and the hard work in putting the pieces together. This book covers when Jimmy Breslin followed Thomas “Tip” O’Neill (D-MA) in the summer of 1974. Tip was the House Majority Leader at the time of Watergate (two years after this book was published, How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes from an Impeachment Summer by Jimmy Breslin Is another book about Watergate with an interesting angle. All the President’s Men, which I recently reviewed, was written from the view of the reporters covering the story, and the hard work in putting the pieces together. This book covers when Jimmy Breslin followed Thomas “Tip” O’Neill (D-MA) in the summer of 1974. Tip was the House Majority Leader at the time of Watergate (two years after this book was published, he became Speaker of the House). Tip was universally liked by his colleagues in the House, both Republican and Democrat (that was possible back then). He was a mountain of a man and a true old-fashioned Boston politician. Tip became convinced pretty early on that they would get the votes to impeach Nixon. Yes, the Democrats were in the majority, but the some Republicans would be dismayed by Nixon’s corruption and want him gone. Imagine – Republican politicians with a conscience. The U.S. Congress wasn’t as bitterly divided among partisan lines as it is today. That really started with the rise of Ronald Reagan, and later, the rise of the Tea Party. The story is a great story of Tip’s utter confidence that the law would prevail and also the very hard work that was put into drawing up impeachment papers. Tip decided that Peter Rodino (D-NJ), who was the chairman of the House Judiciary, was the right man for overseeing the impeachment process. If you are wondering, no, Nixon was not impeached. He resigned because it was obvious he was GOING to be impeached. One evening during the process of impeachment: . . . Roger Brooks, O’Neill’s chauffeur, drove us slowly past the Capitol. The great white dome, washed in brilliant and yet subdued lighting, looked magnificent. “No matter how many times I pass by it, “ O’Neill said, “I still get a feeling right in here.” He punched his stomach with his fist. “It stands for stability. You see that dome up there, you know that nobody is going to let anything bad happen. You die before you let this country down.” I admit it. I completely broke down at this point. I cried and cried. Tip’s heart would be broken if he saw what was happening today. This book has such an upbeat ending, but it devastated me. Why did I cry so hard? Why is my heart broken? Because the Republican Party now HATES America and prefers the money they get from Russia over the American people. They don’t care that Trump is destroying democracy. There is also the very strong possibility that the Russians and Trump have kompromat on the Republicans and they are terrified that we will find out. They don’t care if democracy is destroyed in the process. http://theliterarylioness.com/2018/08...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bentley Mitchell

    3.5 stars. Interesting read about Watergate, impeachment, and ultimately, Nixon’s resignation. As the title of this book suggests, the story is written from the perspective of one who wanted Nixon impeached and removed from office. While biased in that respect, it has lots of interesting anecdotes and information about the players who were working on impeachment (with the legendary Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill playing a starring role, as Breslin was “embedded” with O’Neill for much of this 3.5 stars. Interesting read about Watergate, impeachment, and ultimately, Nixon’s resignation. As the title of this book suggests, the story is written from the perspective of one who wanted Nixon impeached and removed from office. While biased in that respect, it has lots of interesting anecdotes and information about the players who were working on impeachment (with the legendary Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill playing a starring role, as Breslin was “embedded” with O’Neill for much of this time), as well as those who were involved in other ways (like Gerald Ford). That perspective and the anecdotes make the book worth the read. Where the book fell a little flat for me was the way some of the dialogue was presented without sufficient context. At times, it went from one conversation to the next without much setup or segue. As a result, there were several instances where I felt more like I was jumping between newspaper articles (a forum that Breslin has lots of experience with; he had a true gift for his work there). Had there been a bit more context and setup, this book would have really shined. That said, its still a well-written and interesting read for those interested in this aspect of American history. Would give this 3.5 stars if Goodreads allowed half stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Silliman

    One of the few books on the politics of Nixon's impeachment. It was written by one of the lesser known New Journalists and there are some parts, like the long discourse on Tip O'Neil's Irish heritage, that need a good editor. But also, the book offers a really good look at the political side of the impeachment. I was really intrigued by the story about how Democratic leaders staved off an earlier vote for the start of impeachment proceedings, which they thought Republican lawmakers could call fo One of the few books on the politics of Nixon's impeachment. It was written by one of the lesser known New Journalists and there are some parts, like the long discourse on Tip O'Neil's Irish heritage, that need a good editor. But also, the book offers a really good look at the political side of the impeachment. I was really intrigued by the story about how Democratic leaders staved off an earlier vote for the start of impeachment proceedings, which they thought Republican lawmakers could call for, defeat, and then use to paint any future impeachment inquiries as excessive and repetitive. Interesting stuff. Worth reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bob Congdon

    Deja Vu all over again! Rereading the Great Jimmy Breslin's book on Nixon's demise have me chills as I related it to today's current occupier of the Whitehouse. It brought back my distinct feelings of embarrassment for my America in 1973 and 74. I was outside of the USA at the time, following the events through the International Harold Tribune. Thank God there were some great leaders with common sense like Tip O'Neill in Congress, who this book follows. I can still feel the collective sigh of rel Deja Vu all over again! Rereading the Great Jimmy Breslin's book on Nixon's demise have me chills as I related it to today's current occupier of the Whitehouse. It brought back my distinct feelings of embarrassment for my America in 1973 and 74. I was outside of the USA at the time, following the events through the International Harold Tribune. Thank God there were some great leaders with common sense like Tip O'Neill in Congress, who this book follows. I can still feel the collective sigh of relief in America when Nixon quit. A must read for a reference on today's events.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Cha

    I found this book at a free library. I found it right around the time of the impeachment hearing. I was so looking forward to learning more about what happened to Nixon. I had to Google some of the names in the book. The book was written right after Nixon was impeached. I did not know a lot of the players. It is a difficult subject and reading. Obviously, I knew the ending. I was hoping to learn more. Back in the day, I think it was one of the best books on the Nixon impeachment.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Corinne Driscoll

    Really too depressing to read these days. It harkens back to some dark times in our history, but times when people could actually be rational-talk to one another, agree that a fact was a fact and that truth was truth. In that time, the rule of law prevailed because politicians believed in the Constitution and that no one was above the law. Today there is no hope of that. I liked the book, but it depressed the hell out of me and cost me a lot sound sleep.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Geo Forman

    Breslin was obviously close to Tip O'Neill who was in charge of the Senate investigation of Nixon. A good look into the back story of impeachment bascially from the perspectiver of O'Neill and Peter Rodino who led the House Judicial investigation. Having just finished the Slate podcast about Watergate, this was a good story filling in some blanks. Breslin was obviously close to Tip O'Neill who was in charge of the Senate investigation of Nixon. A good look into the back story of impeachment bascially from the perspectiver of O'Neill and Peter Rodino who led the House Judicial investigation. Having just finished the Slate podcast about Watergate, this was a good story filling in some blanks.

  17. 5 out of 5

    B Kevin

    Wow! How did I miss this book? Well, it is comforting to know that the system can work, if slowly. Thanks to Slate's "Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate" for mentioning this book. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/s... Wow! How did I miss this book? Well, it is comforting to know that the system can work, if slowly. Thanks to Slate's "Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate" for mentioning this book. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/s...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Milt

    and can again. Justice Brandeis: "Decency, security, and liberty alike depend on the system in which no man is above the law. This mandate is a daily thing, answerable at all time on all matters.... Our country is strong enough to survive..." and can again. Justice Brandeis: "Decency, security, and liberty alike depend on the system in which no man is above the law. This mandate is a daily thing, answerable at all time on all matters.... Our country is strong enough to survive..."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Walter Mack

    Timely Memories Prudent now to think about the politics and the length of time it took for the good guys to prevail. No one better than Jimmy to rattle them memory banks.

  20. 4 out of 5

    JohnM Koroly

    One of the very best, and most original, books on Watergate ever. Absolutely captivating.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adam Hill

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pioneerlion

  25. 5 out of 5

    Greg Goulette

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dan Driscoll

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jay Grossman

  30. 5 out of 5

    David Annelli

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