Saturday, January 16, 2021
Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House
Prosecutors. If what you remember most about the Nixon administration is Watergate, may I mention the name of the Vice President of most of those years to jog your memory? Spiro Agnew was a larger-than-life character, relatively unknown outside the State of Maryland when Nixon chose him for Vice President to shore up support from conservative Republicans (who weren’t the only variety in the 1960s and 1970s). In a book titled, Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House, Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz lay out Agnew’s crimes and what led to his resignation from office in 1973. The heroes in this story are the young prosecutors in this story who built a solid case that had nothing to do with Watergate. Attorney Elliot Richardson listened to the prosecutors, gave them room to operate and ended up negotiating terms of resignation for Agnew that put the interests of the United States first. Fans of recent history and public affairs are those most likely to enjoy this account of crime in high places. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Bag Man from amazon.com.