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Book · Write It When I'm Gone 291 pages ✓ Gwairsoft õ [Epub] ➟ Write It When I'm Gone By Thomas M. DeFrank – Gwairsoft.co.uk 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 nLl Clinton during the latter’s impeachment process In addition he shares his thoughts about both Bush administrations the Ira war his beloved wife Betty and the frustrations of aging Write It When I’m Gone is not only a historical document but an unprecedented portrait of a president When Newsweek reporter Thomas DeFrank was assigned to cover newly appointed Vice President Gerald Ford he knew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 “remarkable” conversations referenced in the subtitle began in Ford’s post presidential years when he granted interviews to DeFrank several times a year with the understanding that none of it would be published until after Ford’s death Little did either man know that Ford would become the longest living ex president in American history with the longest post presidency although his longevity has now been surpassed by George H W Bush and the span of Ford’s post presidential years has now been surpassed by Jimmy Carter’s During their wide ranging discussions Ford was candid about his complex attitudes toward Presidents Carter Reagan Bush 41 Clinton and Bush 43 along with other prominent politicians including John McCain Hillary Rodham Clinton and Dick Cheney among others Ford was also forthcoming with opinions about all kinds of issues not published elsewhere the direction of the country foreign relations the role of ex presidents and the guilt of O J Simpson Ford died in 2006 and this book was published in 2007 Interestingly there is no mention of Barack Obama who was elected president in 2008 DeFrank’s book is full of insightful perspectives from one of the most interesting American citizens of the last half of the Twentieth Century but the chronology became confusing at times as Ford occasionally talked about parallel events that occurred decades apart I was also a little put off by the borderline lugubrious detail about Ford’s physical and mental deterioration in his final months as the nonagenarian former president continued to meet with DeFrank even though his stamina and ability to engage were slipping away At first I wasn’t sure how much to trust a writer who extensively uoted someone no longer living but DeFrank is a well respected journalist and this book is one of only a few titles on sale at the Gerald R Ford Museum in Grand Rapids Michigan which I consider an endorsement of a kind

Write It When I'm GoneLl Clinton during the latter’s impeachment process In addition he shares his thoughts about both Bush administrations the Ira 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 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 “remarkable” conversations referenced in the subtitle began in Ford’s post presidential years when he granted interviews to DeFrank several times a year with the understanding that none of it would be published until after Ford’s death Little did either man know that Ford would become the longest living ex president in American history with the longest post presidency although his longevity has now been surpassed by George H W Bush and the span of Ford’s post presidential years has now been surpassed by Jimmy Carter’s During their wide ranging discussions Ford was candid about his complex attitudes toward Presidents Carter Reagan Bush 41 Clinton and Bush 43 along with other prominent politicians including John McCain Hillary Rodham Clinton and Dick Cheney among others Ford was also forthcoming with opinions about all kinds of issues not published elsewhere the direction of the country foreign relations the role of ex presidents and the guilt of O J Simpson Ford died in 2006 and this book was published in 2007 Interestingly there is no mention of Barack Obama who was elected president in 2008 DeFrank’s book is full of insightful perspectives from one of the most interesting American citizens of the last half of the Twentieth Century but the chronology became confusing at times as Ford occasionally talked about parallel events that occurred decades apart I was also a little put off by the borderline lugubrious detail about Ford’s physical and mental deterioration in his final months as the nonagenarian former president continued to meet with DeFrank even though his stamina and ability to engage were slipping away At first I wasn’t sure how much to trust a writer who extensively uoted someone no longer living but DeFrank is a well respected journalist and this book is one of only a few titles on sale at the Gerald R Ford Museum in Grand Rapids Michigan which I consider an endorsement of a kind

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Write It When I'm Gone î 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 relationshipDuri Review originally posted on Dead PresidentsWrite It When I'm Gone  Remarkable Off the Record Conversations with Gerald R FordBy Thomas M DeFrankHardcover  2007  258 pp  PutnamAs 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 me but I enjoy digging deeper into the personal aspect of each of the Presidents and it is difficult finding books that really are a home run in that department  It takes the rare combination of understanding access and interest by the author to reach beyond the politics of a President and illuminate what he is as a personReporter Thomas M DeFrank not only possessed those abilities but took the study of a Presidential personality to the next level in 2007's Write It When I'm Gone  Remarkable Off the Record Conversations with Gerald R Ford  As a correspondent for Newsweek in 1974 DeFrank was assigned to cover Gerald Ford Vice President at the time and clearly destined for the Presidency due to the Watergate scandal hanging over President Richard Nixon  When Ford made a verbal slip during an interview with DeFrank and said something he shouldn't have he grabbed DeFrank by the tie and wouldn't let the young reporter leave until he promised not to publish the remark  Write it when I'm dead said the Vice President sparking a 32 year long conversation between Ford and DeFrank which culminated in this fascinating bookFord became President upon Nixon's resignation on August 9 1974 and served until 1977  A lifelong Congressman from Michigan Ford's career goal was to become Speaker of the House not President  When Nixon's first Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace in 1973 Congressional leaders responsible for confirming the President's new Vice President practically forced Nixon to nominate Ford  Easily confirmed and sworn in as Vice President in December 1973 Ford took office as Nixon's attempts to defend himself against Watergate began to fall apart amongst and evidence implicating the President in the scandal's cover up  Just eight months after becoming Vice President Ford was sworn in as President of the United States the only man to hold the office without winning a national electionOur long national nightmare is over Ford said minutes after taking the oath of office in the East Room of the White House  However the nation was far from healed and the Executive Branch had been wounded severely by Nixon's criminal activities  Ford may have cost himself election as President in his own right by pardoning Nixon just one month after taking office  An extraordinarily unpopular move at the time history along with most Americans and most politicians on both sides of the aisle has vindicated Ford for the pardon which helped make the scandal of Watergate a thing of the past rather than an ongoing struggle and saved the nation the ordeal of a criminal trial and possible prison sentence for a former President of the United States  Ford lost the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter but even upon leaving office he was already seen as succeeding at helping to heal the divisions created by Nixon and WatergateWrite It When I'm Gone is DeFrank's record of embargoed off the record conversations with Ford during Ford's time as Vice President President former President happy retiree and elder statesman  By allowing DeFrank to release his book only upon his death Ford was able to allow himself to drop his defenses and speak candidly about nearly every topic imaginable from contemporary politics and current events to memories of earlier life and the philosophy of getting older to thoughts on politicians and Presidents that he had known and continued to meet  Ford doesn't pull any punches but he's honest and straightforward in the genial respectful manner that Gerald Ford always came across as to the American publicWhile it is interesting to listen to Ford reveal the inside details of the last days of Nixon's Presidency his own thoughts leading to the pardon of Nixon and his timely and thoughtful discussions of the issues of the day as the 32 year long conversation progresses to me two things stand out most in Write It When I'm GoneFirst of all I was fascinated by Ford's opinions on the Presidents that he knew best particularly those who followed him  Although disappointed in Nixon's failures Ford seemed to treasure the friendship he shared with a man not well known for his friendly ualities and had an unwavering belief that Nixon was the best President for foreign policy in Ford's long lifetime  Ford's relationship with his 1976 opponent Jimmy Carter evolved from frosty during and shortly after Carter's single term in the White House to an extremely close friendship in Ford's later years  At times it is easy to see a major disconnection and frustration between Ford and Ronald Reagan and Ford wasn't high on Reagan's ability to understand the job of President  Any animosity though was no longer important when Ford always forgiving let things pass as it became clear that Reagan was ailing with Alzheimer's Disease  George HW Bush was Ford's CIA Director and a potential Vice Presidential nominee and they seemed to have a strong friendly relationship  Bush's son George W Bush the 43rd President came along late in Ford's life and an aging Ford claimed not to know him very well yet he makes interesting observations on the War in Ira and the role of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld two of the Bush administration's powerhouses who both served as Chief of Staff to President FordMost interesting of all of his comments about Presidents and former Presidents is his forthright assessment of Bill Clinton and the sex scandal that resulted in Clinton's impeachment  Ford makes it clear that he liked Clinton personally and appreciated his abilities calling him the best politician I've ever seen yet he was confused and disappointed by some of Clinton's character issues and worriedly told DeFrank The President's sickhe's got a sexual addictionand it affects his judgment  These are the types of frank sincere observations that makes Write It When I'm Gone a completely different form of Presidential biographyThe other thing that stands out in Write It When I'm Gone is poignant  The longest living President in American history Ford's last interviews with DeFrank were in the 93rd year of his life prior to his death on December 26 2006  Ford was in spectacularly good health until he turned 90 and continued the athletic pursuits he loved throughout life until his body forced him to stop skiing golfing and finally swimming  There is something moving about DeFrank's descriptions of the former President in the last years of his life as his health finally began to fail him and his incredible resources of energy finally began to deplete  The reader is heartbroken when we find out that Ford and his beloved wife Betty will never be able to revisit their longtime vacation home in Vail Colorado again and DeFrank's very brief final visit to a bedridden Ford just a month prior to the former President's death is a tearjerkerIn some way or another we feel like we know our Presidents because they are constantly covered  Even Presidents who lived and died long before we were born are familiar to us in some way because history is a perpetual and constantly evolving and revolvi Book ↠ Write It When I'm Gone È Thomas M. 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Thomas M. DeFrank È Write It When I'm Gone Book Ng 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 Bi I would actually give this 35 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 NixonFord 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 a lot of his ideas I was touched by his desire to do what was he thought was right for the country rather than looking out for his party first and foremost