By James Rosen
He robust guy is the 1st full-scale biography of John N. Mitchell, the vital determine within the upward push and smash of Richard Nixon and the highest-ranking American reliable ever convicted on legal charges.As U.S. lawyer normal from 1969 to 1972, John Mitchell stood on the heart of the upheavals of the past due sixties. the main robust guy within the Nixon cupboard, a convinced troubleshooter, Mitchell championed legislation and order opposed to the bomb-throwers of the antiwar circulate, desegregated the South’s public colleges, restored calm after the killings at Kent nation, and advised the commander-in-chief in the course of the Pentagon Papers and Joint Chiefs spying crises. After leaving place of work, Mitchell survived the ITT and Vesco scandals—but was once eventually destroyed via Watergate. With a novelist’s ability, James Rosen strains Mitchell’s formative years and occupation from his big apple boyhood to his mastery of Wall highway, the place Mitchell's concepts in municipal finance made him an influence dealer to the Rockefellers and mayors and governors in all fifty states. After merging legislations organizations with Richard Nixon, Mitchell brilliantly controlled Nixon’s 1968 presidential crusade and, at his urging, reluctantly agreed to function legal professional basic. together with his steely demeanor and trademark pipe, Mitchell commanded awe in the course of the executive as Nixon’s such a lot depended on adviser, the single guy in Washington who may possibly say no to the president.Chronicling the cave in of the Nixon presidency, The robust guy follows America’s former most sensible cop on his singular odyssey in the course of the felony justice system—a tortuous maze of digicam crews, congressional hearings, designated prosecutors, and federal trials. the trail led, eventually, to a jail mobile in Montgomery, Alabama, the place Mitchell used to be welcomed into federal custody through an analogous males he had appointed to place of work. Rosen additionally finds the darkish fact approximately Mitchell’s marriage to the flowery and unstable Martha Mitchell: her slide into alcoholism and insanity, their sour divorce, and the toll all of it took on their daughter, Marty.Based on 250 unique interviews and millions of formerly unpublished records and tapes, The powerful guy resolves definitively the important mysteries of the Nixon period: the real objective of the Watergate break-in, who ordered it, the hidden position performed via the imperative Intelligence enterprise, and people in the back of the cover-up.A landmark of background and biography, The powerful guy is that rarest of books: either a version of scholarly examine and savvy research and a masterful literary success.