Longtime critic of John Dean says Dean admitted he didn't reread his Watergate testimony when writing his autobiography
In a note to HNN Len Colodny reported that in a 1989 interview Dean admitted"I'm gonna be very honest with you. I didn't even reread my testimony when I wrote my book."
In the original acknowledgements to the book Dean wrote that he had reviewed his own testimony in writing the book.
Dean is releasing the new edition of his autobiography at an event at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. His appearance has drawn strong criticism from old Nixon supporters. The library is now run by the National Archives and Records Administration.
The interview is posted at Watergate.com.
Dean and Colodny have long been at odds. In the 1990s Dean sued Colodny, the co-author of the controversial book, Silent Coup (St. Martins Press, 1991), which claimed that Dean, not Nixon, was behind the Watergate Affair. The suit ended in a secret settlement that included the withdrawal of Silent Coup from sale by the publisher.
HNN Hot Topics: The Watergate Transcript Controversy
comments powered by Disqus
- Election results are in for the American Historical Association
- Nial Ferguson warns Obama’s bet on Iran has low odds of success
- Sven Beckert’s List of the Ten Books on Slavery You Need to Read
- Jonathan Zimmerman says homosexuality is not alien to Africa
- Historian Howard Segal says the cost of paying for expensive commencement speeches is diverting funds from where they’re most needed