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"At the heart of the latest installment of a decade-old debate is the work most often cited on the Watergate portion of the Nixon tapes, Kutler's Abuse of Power. Working in the pre-digital era with difficult analog cassette audiotapes, Kutler set the standard for Nixon tape transcription. His permanent loss of hearing is the price he paid so that generations could leam from his groundbreaking work. Numerous critics have raised objections - not all of them legitimate - to Abuse of Power and to Kutler's earlier book TheWars of Watergate, bu Klingman's article, which was submitted for publication to the American Historical Review, is the most pointed and the most prominent of these critiques.6"


This article was originally published in Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review, volume 40, issue 1, in 2009.


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