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SOON TO BE A FIVE-PART HBO SERIES, STARRING WOODY HARRELSON AND JUSTIN THEROUX The true story of The White House Plumbers, a secret unit inside Nixon's White House, and their ill-conceived plans stop the leaking of the Pentagon Papers, and how they led to Watergate and the President's demise. On July 17, 1971, Egil “Bud” Krogh was summoned to a closed-door meeting by his men SOON TO BE A FIVE-PART HBO SERIES, STARRING WOODY HARRELSON AND JUSTIN THEROUX The true story of The White House Plumbers, a secret unit inside Nixon's White House, and their ill-conceived plans stop the leaking of the Pentagon Papers, and how they led to Watergate and the President's demise. On July 17, 1971, Egil “Bud” Krogh was summoned to a closed-door meeting by his mentor—and a key confidant of the president—John Ehrlichman. Expecting to discuss the most recent drug control program launched in Vietnam, Krogh was shocked when Ehrlichman handed him a file and the responsibility for the Special Investigations Unit, or SIU, later to be notoriously known as “The Plumbers.” The Plumbers’ work, according to Nixon, was critical to national security: they were to investigate the leaks of top secret government documents, including the Pentagon Papers, to the press. Driven by blind loyalty, diligence, and dedication, Krogh, along with his co-director, David Young, set out to handle the job, eventually hiring G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, who would lead the break-in to the office of Dr. Fielding, a psychiatrist treating Daniel Ellsberg, the man they suspected was doing the leaking. Krogh had no idea that his decisions would soon lead to one of the most famous conspiracies in presidential history and the demise of the Nixon administration. The White House Plumbers is Krogh’s account of what really happened behind the closed doors of the Nixon White House, and how a good man can make bad decisions, and the redemptive power of integrity. Including the story of how Krogh served time and later rebuilt his life, The White House Plumbers is gripping, thoughtful, and a cautionary tale of placing loyalty over principle.


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SOON TO BE A FIVE-PART HBO SERIES, STARRING WOODY HARRELSON AND JUSTIN THEROUX The true story of The White House Plumbers, a secret unit inside Nixon's White House, and their ill-conceived plans stop the leaking of the Pentagon Papers, and how they led to Watergate and the President's demise. On July 17, 1971, Egil “Bud” Krogh was summoned to a closed-door meeting by his men SOON TO BE A FIVE-PART HBO SERIES, STARRING WOODY HARRELSON AND JUSTIN THEROUX The true story of The White House Plumbers, a secret unit inside Nixon's White House, and their ill-conceived plans stop the leaking of the Pentagon Papers, and how they led to Watergate and the President's demise. On July 17, 1971, Egil “Bud” Krogh was summoned to a closed-door meeting by his mentor—and a key confidant of the president—John Ehrlichman. Expecting to discuss the most recent drug control program launched in Vietnam, Krogh was shocked when Ehrlichman handed him a file and the responsibility for the Special Investigations Unit, or SIU, later to be notoriously known as “The Plumbers.” The Plumbers’ work, according to Nixon, was critical to national security: they were to investigate the leaks of top secret government documents, including the Pentagon Papers, to the press. Driven by blind loyalty, diligence, and dedication, Krogh, along with his co-director, David Young, set out to handle the job, eventually hiring G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, who would lead the break-in to the office of Dr. Fielding, a psychiatrist treating Daniel Ellsberg, the man they suspected was doing the leaking. Krogh had no idea that his decisions would soon lead to one of the most famous conspiracies in presidential history and the demise of the Nixon administration. The White House Plumbers is Krogh’s account of what really happened behind the closed doors of the Nixon White House, and how a good man can make bad decisions, and the redemptive power of integrity. Including the story of how Krogh served time and later rebuilt his life, The White House Plumbers is gripping, thoughtful, and a cautionary tale of placing loyalty over principle.

37 review for The White House Plumbers: The Seven Weeks That Led to Watergate and Doomed Nixon's Presidency

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annette Geiss

    The White House Plumbers, is a well written memoir, of an inside view of some of the most disheartening times in our nation, during Richard Nixon’s Presidency. The paranoia of Richard Nixon was his downfall. And the downfall of many of those who were loyal to him and who served him. I especially applaud “Bud” Krough for saying he took “full responsibility” for the break in of Dr. Fielding’s office, a psychiatrist treating Daniel Ellsberg, a man suspected of leaking top secret government document The White House Plumbers, is a well written memoir, of an inside view of some of the most disheartening times in our nation, during Richard Nixon’s Presidency. The paranoia of Richard Nixon was his downfall. And the downfall of many of those who were loyal to him and who served him. I especially applaud “Bud” Krough for saying he took “full responsibility” for the break in of Dr. Fielding’s office, a psychiatrist treating Daniel Ellsberg, a man suspected of leaking top secret government documents to the Press. While he took “full responsibility’, he did not take “exclusive responsibilty.” So many followed President Nixon with a groupthink philosophy. The Watergate and The National Archives break ins, were appauling events, that also contributed to Nixon’s downfall. So many of Nixon’s staff thought they were acting to preserve National Security. I look forward to watching the HBO series based on this book and will also recommend the book. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advanced copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Read-n-Bloom

    This was a book referencing to a operation that went down before the Watergate scandal in Richard Nixon’s time as President. The author was indicted for his part in the “sting” that took place that they knew about and set up. The author thought he was taking care of something that was obstruction of national security. But after everything happened and he was arrested among others, he began to see what his role was in this “sting.” I liked the book. It was okay. Good information about this man wh This was a book referencing to a operation that went down before the Watergate scandal in Richard Nixon’s time as President. The author was indicted for his part in the “sting” that took place that they knew about and set up. The author thought he was taking care of something that was obstruction of national security. But after everything happened and he was arrested among others, he began to see what his role was in this “sting.” I liked the book. It was okay. Good information about this man who pled guilty over things that shouldn’t even be going on in the government, especially ours. I know some things are needful for security sake, protection of the President, and other important issues, but whenever this comes to be, think long and hard, if it’s for doing for these reasons. Is it because of national security or obstruction of it. There’s a fine line with it all and they need to make sure they’re not crossing it. Thank you to #NetGalley and the publishers, St Martin’s Griffin, and the author, for the opportunity to read and review #TheWhiteHousePlumbers with my honest thoughts and opinions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    During the Nixon presidency, author Bud Krogh was in charge of the Special Investigations Unit, a confidential group within the White House, tasked with investigating leaks of government secrets, at first specifically related to the release of the famed Pentagon Papers. This group, who would come to famously be known as “The Plumbers”, were central figures in the Watergate scandal, which ultimately lead to Nixon’s resignation. While this book does not explore the Watergate break-in, it is a fasc During the Nixon presidency, author Bud Krogh was in charge of the Special Investigations Unit, a confidential group within the White House, tasked with investigating leaks of government secrets, at first specifically related to the release of the famed Pentagon Papers. This group, who would come to famously be known as “The Plumbers”, were central figures in the Watergate scandal, which ultimately lead to Nixon’s resignation. While this book does not explore the Watergate break-in, it is a fascinating inside look at the genesis of the group that was involved in that event, and the ideals which propelled their actions. The book is definitely a different look, revealing the mindsets of those involved, and the author’s attempts to atone for, and own up to, his own decisions that led to his downfall. It’s a short and quick read, but a must for anyone who has followed the Watergate scandal and its aftermath. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Perry

    I received The White House Plumbers as an ARC through Netgalley. Bud Krogh describes what he believes to be the beginning of the downfall of Nixon. He was personally involved with The Plumbers and operation that went horribly wrong to retrieve documents from a private citizen. As a lover of all history and historical fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this time period. Bud should be applauded for recognizing that him and his team had a big misstep and taking responsibility for tho I received The White House Plumbers as an ARC through Netgalley. Bud Krogh describes what he believes to be the beginning of the downfall of Nixon. He was personally involved with The Plumbers and operation that went horribly wrong to retrieve documents from a private citizen. As a lover of all history and historical fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this time period. Bud should be applauded for recognizing that him and his team had a big misstep and taking responsibility for those actions and the consequences that came with them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Berryman

    I have always been interested in the history of Watergate and this book reveals details from a unique perspective. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys political history. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ron Baumer

    An intriguing read on how the Watergate break-in occurred and the aftermath from it. The story is informative and sure to be a great read for the history enthusiast. Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lea Columbus

    I would like to thank Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this book as an ARC. I remember Watergate. I was 18 in 1972 and was voting for President for the first time. I remember how excited I was and humbled to be a part of the American process of Democracy. I was struck and saddened in the next years as all of the information regarding the Watergate scandal came out.I read everything I could then about it , and watched everything on TV. I also spent a long time talking I would like to thank Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this book as an ARC. I remember Watergate. I was 18 in 1972 and was voting for President for the first time. I remember how excited I was and humbled to be a part of the American process of Democracy. I was struck and saddened in the next years as all of the information regarding the Watergate scandal came out.I read everything I could then about it , and watched everything on TV. I also spent a long time talking about it with my grandfather. Pap was fascinated by it, and could match me word for word on the things we learned while watching the days hearings. I have never forgotten that. It was 50 years ago. Pap( who I thought was ancient at 71- a scant 3 years older than I am today)kept shaking his head and saying it all started with the Pentagon Papers. This book is indeed the validation of my Grandfather's statement. It did all start with the Pentagon Papers and the burglary of Daniel Ellsbergs doctor. Egil "Bud" Krogh was the first aide to be sentenced in the aftermath of Watergate. He was not part of the Watergate break in- but was responsible for the first break in- that of the office of Dr Fielding,Ellsbergs doctor. This book takes us through the reasoning and rationale behind the break in, and Krogh's initial belief in its necessity for National Security reasons. It also looks at his change of heart and mind as time went on, and the reasons he chose to plead guilty. Mr Krogh passed away in 2020, however he and his son had worked on the manuscript prior to his death. It is a good book, not a lot of new information on the crime itself, but background on the man who, in many respects, started the whole things. All of the key Watergate players make an appearance , as well as Mr Kroghs family and friends. I understand it will be a mini series on HBO this year. I am glad I read this now, and look forward to the series. Thanks again for the opportunity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    CASPER HILEMAN

    Fifty years ago the Washington Post broke the story of President Richard Nixon paying political cronies to spy on his political enemies. Today seemingly investigative journalism is not trusted to either be non-partisan or even to be a valid tool. Bud and Mathew Krogh were directly impacted by this. Bud as a member of the "White House Plumbers" was tasked with finding the leaks to the press and was sentenced to prison for the crimes committed by the group and Mathew his son. We all need to take h Fifty years ago the Washington Post broke the story of President Richard Nixon paying political cronies to spy on his political enemies. Today seemingly investigative journalism is not trusted to either be non-partisan or even to be a valid tool. Bud and Mathew Krogh were directly impacted by this. Bud as a member of the "White House Plumbers" was tasked with finding the leaks to the press and was sentenced to prison for the crimes committed by the group and Mathew his son. We all need to take heed of those that represent us as a nation and remember we are all supposed to be governed by the same laws.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Interesting perspective behind the scenes of the Nixon White House and the Watergate scandal. The reader is introduced to a story of how situations like this build up each passing day, and become all encompassing. This book adds an extra layer to one's knowledge base of Nixon's time in office. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Interesting perspective behind the scenes of the Nixon White House and the Watergate scandal. The reader is introduced to a story of how situations like this build up each passing day, and become all encompassing. This book adds an extra layer to one's knowledge base of Nixon's time in office. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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