OBLONG ONLINE: Michael Koncewicz - "They Said No To Nixon," in conversation with Timothy Naftali

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 7:00pm
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via Zoom

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Author Michael Koncewicz talks about his book THEY SAID NO TO NIXON with Timothy Naftali.

Michael KoncewitzThey Said No To Nixon by Michael KoncewitzTim Naftali

Culling from previously unpublished excerpts from the tapes and recently released materials that expose the thirty-seventh president’s uncensored views, Michael Koncewicz reveals how Republican party members remained loyal civil servants in the face of Nixon’s attempts to expand the imperial presidency. Delving into the abuses of power surrounding the Watergate era and showing how they were curbed, They Said No to Nixon sheds light on the significant cultural and ideological shifts that occurred within the GOP during the pivotal 1970s. Koncewicz deftly demonstrates how Nixon’s administration marked a decisive moment that led to the rise of modern conservatism and today’s ruthlessly partisan politics.

Michael Koncewicz is the Cold War Collections Specialist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University. He previously worked for the National Archives at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum where he contributed to the museum’s nonpartisan Watergate exhibit. He has taught at New York University and at the New York City College of Technology. His book They Said ‘No’ to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power was published by University of California Press in 2018, and has been recently re-released in paperback. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and on CNN. 

Timothy Naftali is a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service and a Clinical Associate Professor of History at NYU. A native of Montreal and a graduate of Yale with a doctorate in history from Harvard, Naftali writes on national security and intelligence policy, international history and presidential history. Using Soviet-era documents, he and Russian academic Aleksandr Fursenko wrote the prize-winning One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958-1964 and Khrushchev’s Cold War, the latter winning the Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature in 2007 and inclusion on Foreign Affairs’ 2014 list of the ten best books on the Cold War. As a consultant to the 9/11 Commission, Naftali wrote a history of US counterterrorism policy, published as Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism. Naftali came to NYU Wagner after serving as the founding director of the federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, where he authored the Library's nationally acclaimed exhibit on Watergate and oversaw the release of 1.3 million pages of presidential documents and nearly 700 hours of the infamous Nixon tapes.  Naftali, whose work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesSlate and Foreign Affairs, is also seen regularly on television as a commentator on contemporary history. Most recently, he was featured in CNN’s The Sixties and The Seventies and in the PBS documentaries Dick Cavett’s WatergateDick Cavett’s Vietnam, and The Bomb.


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