Heartbeat Away

Heartbeat Away

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0552668885
  • 9780552668880

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The astonishing story behind the astonishing story that brought about an unprecedented resignation of a Vice President - old-fashioned graft and corruption carried to dazzling heights, yet practices some consider so routine that the President once commented that Agnew's transgressions were in the Maryland tradition. Cohen and Witcover, reporters for The Washington Post, decipher and translate the complex case starting from Agnew's political beginnings on the zoning board of Baltimore County (in 1961 at a salary of $3,600) - and already a man with an outstretched hand and a greasy palm. What began as a routine investigation of local payoffs eventually led to four major depositions charging that as late as 1972 Agnew was on the take (one source alleged that between 1969 and 1972 he had turned over $50,000; another, I.H. Hammerman II, admitted to being the go-between). What makes the book so readable is the probing of the personalities involved, the frenzied meetings, pressures and counterpressures at the highest levels. There's Agnew himself, alternately tough and fawning; the three zealous young Maryland prosecutors out for blood; their boss George Beall, surprisingly supportive considering he's a Republican appointed U.S. Attorney, son of a former Senator, brother of a Senator, brother also of an employee of one indicted firm; the no less interesting Agnew defense team; Attorney General Elliot Richardson, cautious, diplomatic, the most controversial figure, caught between a desire to restore confidence in his department while at the same time trying to avoid a prolonged divisive contest. An engrossing book that angers and saddens, and even though the authors must rely heavily on those "unidentified sources" - ironically, however, often there's little doubt about who leaked - their documentation and credibility seem solid. Still, there's the vexed question of whether justice actually was served by allowing Agnew a "deal" to plead nolo on a single count of tax evasion - but that will depend on your point of view. A must. (Kirkus Reviews)show more