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Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

by Thomas M. DeFrank

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Pages: 304
Paperback
ISBN: 9780425223482






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Overview of Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

The New York Times bestseller-and the candid voice of an American president

In 1974, Newsweek correspondent Thomas M. DeFrank was interviewing Gerald Ford when the Vice President blurted out something astonishingly indiscreet. He then extracted a promise not to publish it. 'Write it when I'm dead,' Ford said? and thus began a thirty-two-year relationship.

During the last fifteen years of their conversations, Ford opened up to DeFrank, speaking in a way few presidents ever have. Here the award-winning journalist reveals these private talks, as Ford discusses his experiences with his fellow presidents, the Warren Commission, and his exchanges with Bill Clinton during the latter's impeachment process. In addition, he shares his thoughts about both Bush administrations, the Iraq war, his beloved wife Betty, and the frustrations of aging. Write It When I'm Gone is not only a historical document but an unprecedented portrait of a president.

Synopsis of Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

The New York Times bestseller—and the candid voice of an American president

In 1974, Newsweek correspondent Thomas M. DeFrank was interviewing Gerald Ford when the Vice President blurted out something astonishingly indiscreet. He then extracted a promise not to publish it. “Write it when I'm dead,” Ford said— and thus began a thirty-two-year relationship.

During the last fifteen years of their conversations, Ford opened up to DeFrank, speaking in a way few presidents ever have. Here the award-winning journalist reveals these private talks, as Ford discusses his experiences with his fellow presidents, the Warren Commission, and his exchanges with Bill Clinton during the latter's impeachment process. In addition, he shares his thoughts about both Bush administrations, the Iraq war, his beloved wife Betty, and the frustrations of aging. Write It When I'm Gone is not only a historical document but an unprecedented portrait of a president.

About the Author, Thomas M. DeFrank

Thomas M. DeFrank is the Washington bureau chief of the New York Daily News, and was Newsweek's White House correspondent for a quarter-century, and deputy chief of the magazine's Washington bureau for twelve years.

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As a congressman, House minority leader, vice president, and president, Gerard R. Ford (1913-2006) was known for both his public discretion and his salty private opinions. For over 32 years, Newsweek correspondent Thomas DeFrank heard full volleys of these comments, often followed quickly by "Write it when I'm dead" sanctions. As the ex-president and journalist became close friends, Ford shared his most intimate thoughts and favorite private stories about government policies and chief executives from Truman through George W. Bush. Write It When I'm Gone contains fascinating material about subjects including the Cold War, the Warren Commission, the Clinton impeachment proceedings, Iraq, and Ford's White House chiefs of staff, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.

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