Len Colodny was a longtime political activist in the Washington, D.C. area and a successful small businessman before he embarked on his research for his book, Silent Coup. He has had a long and unique history with The Washington Post, and its famed Watergate investigative reporter and editor, also the creator of “Deep Throat,” Bob Woodward. Who was played by Robert Redford in All the President’s Men.
Len published Silent Coup: The Removal of a President in 1991 to immediate acclaim and controversy. He showed how Richard Nixon built his administration on secrecy and encouraged a cadre of aides to take a series of steps that undermined his presidency. White House counsel John Dean engineered the Watergate breakin, Colodny reported, and then led the cover-up, which Nixon eagerly embraced. General Alexander Haig, a National Security Council aide and then Nixon”s chief of staff, helped keep some of Nixon”s biggest secrets and then quietly spurred the president”s downfall.
Silent Coup reveals that Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, who built his reputation on Watergate, concealed his early ties to Haig. In 1969 and 1970, then-Navy Lt. Woodward manned the Pentagon’s secret communications room that managed the military’s secret messages and the back channels used by Henry Kissinger and Nixon. Woodward often delivered the details of those messages to Haig at the White House, the start of a relationship that both men went to great lengths to deny. That relationship is critical to understanding how Nixon was removed from office.
Colodny has written extensively about Nixon and Watergate. In 2009, he published a second book, The Forty Years War, which detailed how Nixon”s presidency and his downfall was spurred by his foreign policy (Détente), and led the way to the birth of neoconservatives in the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations and the failed invasion of Iraq. Forty Years War also uncovered the Neocons geopolitical “Godfather” Fritz A G Kraemer.
ABOUT SILENT COUP
Silent Coup contains exclusive new material gathered from hundreds of interviews, from still-unreleased government documents, from the complete Oval Office logs of Nixon’s presidency, and from a painstaking cross-examination of the books and testimony of the major and minor players in the story. The result is a major revision of history, one that will forever change our understanding of how and why Richard Nixon was forced to resign.
All of this voluminous research is now in the “Colodny Collection” which Len donated to Texas A & M University. It will eventually all be available on line to future historians, journalists and others,link: http://watergate.com/Colodny-Collection/Texas-AandM-University.aspx
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