John Dean

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John Dean

John W. Dean III (born 1938) was White House counsel to Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1972.


  • I'm anything but skittish about government, but I must say this administration is truly scary and, given the times we live in, frighteningly dangerous.
    • Dean, John (2004). Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush. Little, Brown & Company. ISBN 0641735421. 
  • This memorandum addresses the matter of how we can maximize the fact of our incumbency in dealing with persons known to be active in their opposition to our Administration, Stated a bit more bluntly—how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.
    • Memorandum from Dean to Lawrence Higby dated August 16, 1971, regarding the purpose of Nixon's Enemies List

Authoritarian Nightmare (2020)[edit]

Brooklyn: Melville House. Co-written with Bob Altemeyer in third-person narrative style.
  • Eternal vigilance. Remember, no one said democracy would be easy.
    • p. 282

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