Poisoning the Press
Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture
By Mark Feldstein
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312610708, 461pp.)
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
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Poisoning the Press recounts the bitter quarter-century battle between the postwar era’s most contentious politician and its most reviled newsman. The struggle between Richard Nixon and Jack Anderson included bribery, blackmail, burglary, spying, and sexual smears—even a White House plot to assassinate Anderson. In this riveting, real-life political drama, Mark Feldstein traces the arc of this confrontation between a vindictive president and a flamboyantly crusading muckraker. Their vendetta at once symbolized and accelerated the growing conflict between the government and the press, a clash that would long outlive both men. Brilliant, captivating, and darkly comedic, Poisoning the Press is “an absolutely essential book for anyone interested in American political history” (NPR).