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Crazy Rhythm: From Brooklyn And Jazz To Nixon's White House, Watergate, And Beyond
 
 

Crazy Rhythm: From Brooklyn And Jazz To Nixon's White House, Watergate, And Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Leonard Garment
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Leonard Garment was a successful Wall Street attorney when, in 1965, he found himself arguing a Supreme Court case alongside his new law partner—former Vice President Richard Nixon. It was the start of a friendship that lasted more than thirty years. In Crazy Rhythm, which the New York Times Book Review called "an eloquent memoir," Garment engagingly tells of his boyhood as the child of immigrants, and the beginning of a life-long love affair with jazz. After Brooklyn Law School, Garment went on to Wall Street, where encountering Nixon changed the course of his life. Crazy Rhythm allows us a rare, intimate look at Nixon's extraordinary tenure in the White House. More than that, the book tells stories from a life that has included close encounters with characters such as Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday, Henry Kissinger and Alan Greenspan, Golda Meir and Yasser Arafat, Giovanni Agnelli and Marc Rich, and moves like the best jazz, in a writer's voice that is truly one-of-a-kind. To quote former U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "A century from now, I cannot doubt Americans will still be reading Crazy Rhythm. This is a story of our time, written for the ages."

About the Author

Leonard Garment was a senior staffer to Richard Nixon. In the wake of the Watergate scandal, Garment filled the role of Counsel to the President left vacant by Haldeman and Ehrlichman. After Nixon's resignation, he continued moving in Washington legal and political circles, eventually turning his attention to writing. His book Crazy Rhythm: My Journey from Brooklyn, Jazz, and Wall Street to Nixon's White House, Watergate, and Beyond was published in 1977 to wide acclaim.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4813 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (18 Feb 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HRFKOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Garment shines a little light on some of the more puzzling questions of the Nixon administration and on Iran/contra. He writes as he speaks, conversational and wandering. That's the book's salvation, however: finally here's the human side of some of the darker moments in Republican government. We see how the three branches, press and other groups play off each other to achieve their goals. Like any good serial author, he leaves us hungry for the next book, which will "tell all" about Watergate. I can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Nixon Book... 20 Dec 1997
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Format:Hardcover
I was enticed by this book from the moment I read about Garment's lively performance of "Tiptoe through the Tulips" at age 7 in his father's dress making factory. Having read several Watergate books, I felt that this one was different for one specific reason; Garment makes Nixon into a human being, and helps to bring Nixon's several positive qualities to life (such as his wonderful foreign policy) that many Watergate-related authors have falied to acknowledge. I especially loved the ending of the book at his daughter Annie's Bat-Mitzvah; it was a wonderful conclusion to to a nostalgic story. I am left with only one question...when will the movie be out?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Nixon Book... 20 Dec 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was enticed by this book from the moment I read about Garment's lively performance of "Tiptoe through the Tulips" at age 7 in his father's dress making factory. Having read several Watergate books, I felt that this one was different for one specific reason; Garment makes Nixon into a human being, and helps to bring Nixon's several positive qualities to life (such as his wonderful foreign policy) that many Watergate-related authors have falied to acknowledge. I especially loved the ending of the book at his daughter Annie's Bat-Mitzvah; it was a wonderful conclusion to to a nostalgic story. I am left with only one question...when will the movie be out?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the questions are answered in a very human story. 2 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Garment shines a little light on some of the more puzzling questions of the Nixon administration and on Iran/contra. He writes as he speaks, conversational and wandering. That's the book's salvation, however: finally here's the human side of some of the darker moments in Republican government. We see how the three branches, press and other groups play off each other to achieve their goals. Like any good serial author, he leaves us hungry for the next book, which will "tell all" about Watergate. I can't wait
2.0 out of 5 stars Not new as advertised! 6 Mar 2014
By Joseph F. DiMauro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This item was not new as advertised. There were markings throughout the book which I didn't realize until I actually read the book. I would have advertised it as used but in good condition.
4.0 out of 5 stars A real-life Zelig tell a good story and writes a good inside history of the Nixon years. 8 Dec 2013
By John W. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A well written account of a relatively minor player,but an interesting player in many fields.A secular Jew working with Nixon,in a Catskills jazz band with Alan Greenspan and making it on Wall Street makes a pretty good story
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, well written 22 Aug 2013
By zkcom1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I randomly stumbled upon this book. My neighbor owned a copy and asked if I'd like to read it. And I'm glad I did. This book is half biography of Leonard Garment and the other half covering Nixon. At first, I was disappointed that it wasn't completely about Nixon, as I didn't know who Leonard Garment was and wasn't really interested in his life or story. But I changed my mind quickly, as I got to know him through the book, and he's had quite an interesting life himself.

A very interesting read and a real page-turner at times. If I could have one complaint about it, I wish Leonard Garment would have discussed his thought process more behind his actions. He did do this, but in several times in the book I thought "why'd you do that?" and wished he would have gone into his motivations a little more.
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