Write It When I'm Gone by Thomas M. DeFrank
Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

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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 Write It When I?m Gone is not only a historical document but an unprecedented portrait of a president.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 Thomas M. DeFrank

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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.
Published October 30, 2007 by Berkley. 316 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, War. Non-fiction

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Longtime Newsweek correspondent DeFrank was an untested reporter when he was placed on what seemed like a hard-luck beat: covering Vice President Gerald Ford. After all, what could be less thrilling t

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DeFrank, who's now Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News, assiduously documents Ford's enthusiasms, high among which were his wife Betty, making lots of money from his past political prominence, daily swims, the University of Michigan football team and golf.

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The author sees Ford in the traditional "nice guy" image, but it is still a little unsettling to realize that even someone who seemed as genuine as Ford harbored hateful thoughts about various people, most notably Ronald Reagan.

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