When General Alexander M. Haig Jr. returned to the White House on
May 3, 1973, he found the Nixon administration in worse shape than
he had imagined. President Richard Nixon, reelected in an
overwhelming landslide just six months earlier, had accepted the
resignations of his top aides—the chief of staff H. R. Haldeman and
the domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman—just three days earlier.
Haldeman and Ehrlichman had enforced the president's will and
protected him from his rivals and his worst instincts for four
years. Without them, Nixon stood alone, backed by a staff that
lacked gravitas and confidence as the Watergate scandal snowballed.
Nixon needed a savior, someone who would lift his fortunes while
keeping his White House from blowing apart. He hoped that savior
would be his deputy national security adviser, Alexander Haig, whom
he appointed chief of staff. But Haig's goal was not to keep
Nixon in office—it was to remove him. In Haig's Coup, Ray Locker
uses recently declassified documents to tell the true story of how
Haig orchestrated Nixon's demise, resignation, and subsequent
pardon. A story of intrigues, cover-ups, and treachery, this
incisive history shows how Haig engineered the "soft coup" that
ended our long national nightmare and brought Watergate to an end.