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Ken Hughes

Portrait of Ken Hughes

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Ken Hughes joined the Miller Center’s Presidential Recording Program in 2000 after more than a decade covering the federal government as a journalist. His research on the White House tapes of Richard M. Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy has focused on the politics of the Vietnam War.

Selected Publications

“Fatal Politics: Nixon’s Political Timetable for Withdrawing from Vietnam,” Diplomatic History, June 2010. Declassified Nixon tapes and documents show how the President Richard Nixon timed military withdrawal from Vietnam to the 1972 presidential election.

“Nixon vs. the Imaginary ‘Jewish Cabal’” History News Network, Sept. 24, 2007. Nixon posited a conspiracy of Jewish employees of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the man he had appointed chairman of the Federal Reserve, Arthur F. Burns.

“How Paranoid was Nixon?” History News Network, Aug. 13, 2007. White House tapes reveal how Nixon’s conspiracy theories about Jews, intellectuals, and the Ivy League drove his fateful decision to commit the impeachable offense of creating the Special Investigations Unit, a secret police organization, in violation of the Constitution.

“Domestic Determinants of Nixon’s Strategy of Détente: Vietnam,” paper delivered during conference on “NATO, the Warsaw Pact and the Rise of Détente,” Dobbiaco, Italy, Sept. 28, 2002. Nixon tapes prove that the president timed American withdrawal from Vietnam to the 1972 election.

Debunking Deep Throat’s Debunkers,” Salon, July 1, 2002. Demonstrated errors of fact and logic in two books casting doubt on the existence of Woodward and Bernstein’s most famous source and made readers laugh while doing it.

“JFK and the Fall of Diem,” Boston Globe Magazine, 1999. White House tapes revealed that JFK concealed Duong Van “Big” Minh’s guilt in the murder of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

“The Tapes That Destroyed Nixon,” Washington Post, 1997. Oval Office recording captured an unsuccessful attempt by Nixon to persuade his chief of staff to remove the tapes from the White House and destroy them.

“Nixon: Still the One,” New York Times Magazine, 1997. Tapes proved that Nixon offered a blanket pardon to his top aides before they testified in the Senate Watergate investigation.

“Nixon Tapes Reveal ’73 Plan To Audit Congress,” The Hill, 1997.

“Absolutely No Sense of Humor,” American Journalism Review, 1997. White House tapes revealed that Nixon ordered an audit of the publisher of the Los Angeles Times and the persecution of an INS official in a fit of rage over bad press.

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