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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 it when I m dead, Ford said and thus began a thirty two year relationshipDuring 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the Iraq war, his beloved wife Betty, and the frustrations of aging Write It When I m Gone is not only a historical document but an unprecedented portrait of a president


10 thoughts on “Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

  1. Aaron Million Aaron Million says:

    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


  2. Anthony Bergen Anthony Bergen says:

    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 personal


  3. Lukasz Pruski Lukasz Pruski says:

    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 St


  4. Joe Joe says:

    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 thatthan 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


  5. Emily Emily says:

    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 muchthan 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 i


  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    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 wasof a series of interviews about his political observations over the years Sort of a People Magazine for pol


  7. Mara Mara says:

    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


  8. Gary Anderson Gary Anderson says:

    When Newsweek reporter Thomas DeFrank was assigned to cover newly appointed Vice President Gerald Ford, he knew there was a good chance his beat could be the advent of a new presidency Vice President Ford was an easy going fellow with his press contingent, and DeFrank and Ford forged a relationship based on mutual trust and respect which continued during Ford s eventual presidency The rema


  9. srdjan srdjan says:

    Pretty terribly organized book whose insights are minimal and dissappointing The books title grossly exaggerates a relationship between author and subject that seemed littlethan 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 sho


  10. Sara Sara says:

    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


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