Book Review — Haig’s Coup: How Richard Nixon’s Closest Aid Forced Him From Office

A fascinating biography of a real-life ”Cigarette Smoking Man” — Never in power but always able to manipulate those in power. Haig struggled to get into West Point, graduated in the bottom third of his class, and would later serve under Nixon. He rose to Brigadier General working under Kissinger in September of 1969, and by October. 1972 he had his fourth star– skipping the rank of Lieutenant General in the process. His strategy to power came by gaining trust and turning on others — Kissinger and Nixon included. Haig’s Coup is the history of the last few months of the Nixon presidency and how one man worked to control the chain of events that not only removed a president but also preserved his own record of government service. A engrossing read,

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