Write It When I'm Gone

Write It When I'm Gone

Remarkable Off-the-record Conversations With Gerald R. Ford

Book - 2007
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In an series of private interviews, conducted over sixteen years with the stipulation that they not be released until after his death, the 38th President of the United States reveals a profoundly different side of himself: funny, reflective, gossipy, strikingly candid. In 1974, journalist DeFrank, then a young correspondent for Newsweek, was interviewing Vice President Gerald R. Ford when Ford blurted out something indiscreet, came around his desk, grabbed DeFrank's tie, and told the reporter he could not leave the room until he promised not to publish it. "Write it when I'm dead, " he said--and that agreement formed the basis for their relationship for the next 32 years. During that time, they talked frequently, but from 1991 to shortly before Ford's death, the interviews became unguarded conversations in which Ford talked in a way few presidents ever have.--From publisher description.
Published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2007.
ISBN: 9780399154508
Branch Call Number: 973.925 DEF
Characteristics: 258 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ford, Gerald R. 1913-2006.


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Sep 20, 2013

Tom DeFrank, a political journalist, had a deal with Jerry Ford. DeFrank could have regular access to Ford, who would speak his mind, but only on condition that his remarks would not be published until after Ford's death. This is the result. What becomes clear is that Jerry Ford was truly a decent and good man. In this day where radicalism and self-interest in politics seems so prevalent, it was refreshing to read the remarks of a career politician who had the country's, not his own, best interests at heart. Nothing too startling. He didn't like Ronald Reagan, and that dislike, among other things, probably helped bring him and Jimmy Carter together after their retirements. Early on, he predicted Hillary Clinton would run for president by 2004 or 2008. He remained active until very late in life--DeFrank chronicles his decline.


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