TU's Oklahoma Center for the Humanities Presents a Lecture on "The Nixon Tapes: 40 Years Later"

Dec 4, 2014

Our guest is Luke A. Nichter, an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University: Central Texas, and a noted expert on the Nixon tapes. Tomorrow night, Thursday the 4th at 7pm, TU's Oklahoma Center for the Humanities and Book Smart Tulsa will co-present a free-to-the-public lecture by Professor Nichter on "The Nixon Tapes: 40 Years Later." This event will happen in Kendall Hall on the TU campus -- not in TU's Tyrrell Hall, as was originally announced. Professor Nichter is also the co-editor (with Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University) of "The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972," a huge (as in, 750+ pages) collection of recorded conversations that was thus described by the noted Stanford historian and author David M. Kennedy in The New York Times Sunday Book Review: "Excepting only some helpful explanatory headnotes, 'The Nixon Tapes' consists exclusively of transcribed recordings from the period beginning Feb. 16, 1971, when [Nixon's] taping system was activated, to Jan. 30, 1973.... Rightly noting that foreign policy 'was what Nixon wanted to be remembered for,' the editors artfully cull from the more than 3,500 hours of tapes a fairly coherent documentary record of conversations concerned primarily with international relations -- especially the intricate process of constructing the new United States-Soviet-Chinese diplomatic triangle. More often than not Nixon's interlocutor is Henry Kissinger, his national security adviser and later (and simultaneously) secretary of state. Indeed, the book might well have been titled 'The ­Nixon-Kissinger Tapes.' Though many others, including both Nixon and Kissinger, have written about this pivotal episode, the exchanges published here give a more vivid sense than most accounts of the climate of urgency, risk, and anticipation that enveloped Nixon's and Kissinger's effort."