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Write It When I m Gone Remarkable Off the Record Conversations With Gerald R Ford In 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

  • Title: Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations With Gerald R. Ford
  • Author: Thomas M. DeFrank Thomas M. DeFrank
  • ISBN: 9780399154508
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations With Gerald R. Ford By Thomas M. DeFrank Thomas M. DeFrank, 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 inIn 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the Iraq war, his beloved wife Betty, and the frustrations of aging Write It When I m Gone is not only a historical document but an unprecedented portrait of a president.

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    1. Review originally posted on Dead Presidents Write It When I m Gone Remarkable Off the Record Conversations with Gerald R FordBy Thomas M DeFrankHardcover 2007 258 pp Putnam.As I mentioned prominently in my review of Bob Greene s Fraternity , what interests me primarily about the Presidents and the Presidency is not policy, politics, or administrative accomplishments, but the personality of the individuals who have held the most powerful office in the world All of those other things DO interest m [...]

    2. the simple ground rules we d already established nothing he said could be printed until after his death Thomas DeFrank, the author of Write It When I m Gone 2007 , was a Newsweek correspondent and journalist when in 1973 he was assigned to cover Vice President Gerald R Ford At that time it was gradually becoming clear that Mr Ford might soon become the 38th President of the United States The relationship between the author and Mr Ford something than a professional acquaintance, perhaps even fri [...]

    3. Written by a journalist who covered President Ford during his brief tenure as Vice President and then as President, the bulk of this book concerns Ford s post presidency DeFrank and Ford had basically a handshake agreement that Ford could speak candidly, mostly on the record, about people and events that normally he would speak of to anyone except close personal friends or his wife But the understanding was that DeFrank could not publish any of the material until Ford died Thinking about how muc [...]

    4. For the first two chapters of this book I thought it was kind of a breezy, superficial romp with Ford by a journalist who clearly adored the man Jerry Ford is a human being cum laude, a down to earth, earnest, genuinely likable guy with an infectious laugh and not the slightest hint of pretentiousness.There was some nice narrative style analysis of the unique position in which Ford found himself, including a nice little tidbit from William Safire totally forgot that he had a career in politics p [...]

    5. Sadly, this book is not the undisclosed look into the private thoughts and opinions of Ford For three decades of interviews, there wasn t much substance Ford must have been a very honest politician because didn t give the author much than he gave the rest of the world The book felt like a collection of short essays and not one flowing book The chapters kept referring back and repeating information that was only printed a few pages before.Unless you re a huge Ford fan, I d pass on this one Folks [...]

    6. I would actually give this 3.5 stars It s been sitting on my shelf for months because I wasn t eager to tear into it I was surprised that it was such an insightful read I thought that it was going to be about Ford s presidency While it did touch on the Nixon Ford years, the book was of a series of interviews about his political observations over the years Sort of a People Magazine for political junkies I was also touched by Ford s convictions He wasn t a partisan hack While I didn t agree with [...]

    7. Well done Respectful and respectable Perhaps not too groundbreaking in content there are no shocking revelations that anyone politically or historically aware would find revealing Still a wondrous look at Ford s post presidency and some of the effect he has had on what it means to be an ex president.

    8. Book Twenty Seven of my presidential challenge I m a Ford, not a Lincoln Gerald FordSometimes you just have to take one for the team Gerald Ford knows that than most In the wake of the Watergate scandal, someone needed to step in and calm the country down Ford was that guy The perfect guy for that really He wasn t showy or flashy, he was a horrible public speaker and he was clumsy like insanely clumsy.Ford s first major act as President was to unconditionally pardon Richard Nixon Ford thought t [...]

    9. Pretty terribly organized book whose insights are minimal and dissappointing The books title grossly exaggerates a relationship between author and subject that seemed little than cordial , while Gerald Ford comes across as a plain jane jock frat boy who lacked depth At 12 30 in the morning, he exited the press room I thought he looked like a man with the world s weight still on his broad shoulders Just before he disappeared into the residence, he turned to an aide and posed a question A couple [...]

    10. Never knew a whole lot about Pres Ford, but after reading this I have a lot of respect for him Ford was a dedicated public servant who brought dignity back to the White House after the turmoil of Watergate I never knew that he was criticized so harshly for the money he made after being in office His successors owe him for paving the way in the post presidential speaking circuit Also, I didn t know how Ford really felt about Reagane political life isn t always fun Really liked the easy style of t [...]

    11. Tom DeFrank, a political journalist, had a deal with Jerry Ford DeFrank could have regular access to Ford, who would speak his mind, but only on condition that his remarks would not be published until after Ford s death This is the result What becomes clear is that Jerry Ford was truly a decent and good man In this day where radicalism and self interest in politics seems so prevalent, it was refreshing to read the remarks of a career politician who had the country s, not his own, best interests [...]

    12. From a historical point of view, interesting but Tom DeFrank isn t the greatest writer He seemed to make a big deal out of a couple of political instances that don t seem to resonate with another generation and I m not talking about Watergate Interesting note He was on the original Warren commission and was very upset with the Oliver Stone movie and felt it did great damage to those in the future who might believe the movie to be fact and never take the time to investigate the story.

    13. Loved this book Being the political junkie that I am, I thoroughly enjoyed DeFrank s perspective as one of the inner circle journalists who traveled with Ford from his Veep days DeFrank deeply respected Ford, who appeared to return that respect, notwithstanding times of estrangement when he was angered by something DeFrank had done DeFrank s account shows Ford s humanity and allows the reader to relate to him in many ways as a regular guy A fast read if you like the topic.

    14. The author, who was originally a reporter covering Vice President Ford, wrote about numerous interviews he had with Ford in which the former president spoke candidly with the understanding that his comments would not be published in his lifetime The first half to two thirds of the book is a selective biography It focuses on the time period during which he became vice president to the end of his life, giving an overview of important events The last third to half of the book relays Ford s opinions [...]

    15. This is a different angle towards a biography, based on conversations with a journalist who became close to President Ford It was all off the record conversations intended to be published after Ford s death But it also includes a lot of anecdotes and insights that the journalist picked up along the way Of course, I like to hear all of the connections to my hometown, Grand Rapids, and how Ford always felt that it was his hometown But in 2018, it is just good to hear about a decent human who lived [...]

    16. Thomas DeFrank It s over He can t survive, and you re gonna be president Vice President Ford You re right But when the pages of history are written, nobody can say I contributed to it You didn t hear that Tom, you did not hear that DeFrank But I did Ford walked around his desk and confronted me directly, face to face I got an unobstructed view of his blue eyes they weren t friendly.Towering above his quarry, he gently grabbed my tie and said in a firm tone of voice, VP Ford Tom, you are not leav [...]

    17. Very interesting Incredibly well written Extremely interesting review of an edited and biased history of wild political times Made me go back and look at so many things I was too young or too uninterested to see when they were occurring.

    18. The author overplays his hand a bit in hindsight, I don t think any of the revelations in this book are explosive but this was an interesting and accessible firsthand account of a period in recent history that was largely a blank spot for me.

    19. Insightful to learn much about this President, especially his views and observations after he left the Oval Office and settled in Rancho Mirage, California.

    20. About halfway through right now The book reminds me of Tuesdays with Morrie I am loving every second of it.

    21. An enjoyable book that provides some insight into both Gerald Ford and the presidency before Trump.

    22. It is not often that members of the general public are offered a great insight into their leaders Write It When I m Gone happens to be one of those occasions when we are allowed to have just that into the thirty eighth President of the United States Gerald Ford We are given this through the writings of reporter Thomas M DeFrank who first covered Ford for Newsweek in 1974 and then interviewed him on and off until weeks before his death The results of the interviews is a rare insight into a nation [...]

    23. Best I can figure, the unholy combination of the discovery of political satire, a teacher s ability to make our country s history and the workings of our republic exciting Thanks, Mrs Henderson , and the unceasing desire of a semi literate adolescent boy to be a smart ass, converged to give me my admiration of President Gerald R Ford Write it when I m Gone Remarkable Off the Record Conversations with Gerald R Ford by Thomas Defrank only confirmed and deepened that esteem.Regardless of any politi [...]

    24. Gerald R Ford is often described as the accidental American President He became Richard Nixon s Vice President, on the resignation of Spiro Agnew, and President, on the resignation of Nixon.As a consequence, it might seem something of a contrivance to give Ford a full blown presidential biography This said, he was probably the last sensible Republican Presidential Candidate I can t give Bush a pass, as he was V P under Reagan, and I can t give McCain a pass because of Palin He was pro choice, pr [...]

    25. The author was a reporter for Newsweek He was one of a few reporters assigned to cover Gerald Ford after Nixon named Ford as his Vice President Shared experiences aboard a cramped Air Force 2 created a personal bond between Ford and the reporters covering him that lasted until his death in 2006 The title comes from the promise that Ford extracted from the author after Ford slipped up and let on that Ford knew that Nixon was going to have to resign even while Ford was publicly walking a tightrope [...]

    26. Of all the most recent presidents I have had the most interest in, it has been President Ford The biggest reasons is that he was a part of two catastrophic moments in American historyKennedy s assassination and Nixon s Watergate Both of these moments bookended one particular generation which began by speculating that there was a government conspiracy and ended with full knowledge of a government conspiracy The book moves along very well and covers a nice group of topicse warren commission, water [...]

    27. Write It When I m Gone Remarkable Off the Record Conversations With Jerald r Ford, by Thomas M Defrank, Narrated by Scott Brick, Produced by Blackstone Audio, Downloaded from audible.In an extraordinary series of private interviews, conducted over 16 years with the stipulation that they not be released until after Gerald Ford s death,the 38th president of the United States reveals a profoundly different side of himself funny, reflective, gossipy, strikingly candid, and the stuff ofheadlines In 1 [...]

    28. I wouldn t say there was anything groundbreaking or shocking about this book, but it was an enjoyable read about our affable, stalwart accidental president The author covered Mr Ford extensively for Newsweek while he was vice president, then president, and continued the relationship for 30 years, conducting a series of interviews that sometimes contained off the record material The most interesting gossipy of this material concerned his hatred distrust of Reagan which he let go once Reagan was d [...]

    29. DeFrank, a reporter who covered Gerald R Ford as vice president and then as president, was given an opportunity to interview Ford over many years on the condition that he would not publish the conversations to the extent Ford directed until Ford was gone.Not remembering much about Ford myself, I learned a lot about him He swam twice a day, 10 laps most of his working life, religiously up into his last year of life when he was swimming a couple of laps each time Ford was a congressman beginning t [...]

    30. Extraordinarily long, Tom Defrank uses his almost too familiar friendship with former President Ford to create this book over the last 30 years or so Defrank, then of Newsweek, first interviewed Ford in 1973, and began an intimate and long standing tradition of visiting Ford and having off the record conversations and interviews with the stipulation that Defrank would not publish them until after Ford s death I was disappointed in most of this, since Defrank really doesn t delve into anything cr [...]

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