Integrity : good people, bad choices, and life lessons from the White House
- Egil "Bud" Krogh ; with Matthew Krogh.
- New York : Public Affairs, c2007.
- 1st ed.
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In 1971, Egil "Bud" Krogh was summoned to a closed-door meeting by John Ehrlichman, his mentor and key confidant of President Richard Nixon, in a secluded office in the Western White House.
Krogh thought he was walking into a meeting to discuss the drug control program launched on his most recent trip to South Vietnam. Instead, he was handed a file and the responsibility for the SIU, Special Investigations Unit, later to become notorious as "The Plumbers." The unit was to investigate the leaks of top-secret government documents, particularly the Pentagon Papers, to the press. The president considered this task critical to national security. Nixon said he wanted the unit headed up by a "real son of a bitch." He got the studious, zealous, and loyal-to-a-fault Bud Krogh instead.
In that instant, Krogh was handed the job that would lead to one of the most famous conspiracies in presidential history and the demise of the Nixon administration. Integrity is Krogh's memoir of his experiences--of what really went on behind closed doors, of how a good man can lose his moral compass, of how exercising power without integrity can destroy a life. It also tells the moving story of how he turned his life back around. For anyone interested in the ethical challenges of leadership, or of professional life, Integrity is thought-provoking and inspiring reading.
- Foreword p. ix
- Introduction p. 1
- Part I A Criminal Conspiracy
- 1 Two Decisions in Two Days p. 13
- 2 The Plumbers Gather in Room 16 p. 31
- 3 A New Leak for the Plumbers p. 43
- 4 Sparring with the CIA, the FBI, and "Deep Throat" p. 53
- 5 A Proposal Gone Awry p. 61
- Part II The Making of a True Believer
- 6 Finding a Better Solution in Vietnam p. 81
- 7 Nixon at the Lincoln Memorial p. 105
- 8 Ensnared in Watergate by Blind Loyalty p. 119
- Part III Consequences
- 9 Pleading Guilty p. 129
- 10 From Courthouse to Jailhouse p. 139
- 11 The Road Home p. 151
- 12 Making Amends p. 161
- 13 An Open Letter to the Bush Administration p. 185
- 14 Integrity in Public Life p. 195
- Afterword: The Integrity Zone p. 205
- Index p. 211