(USA TODAY) -- The gift that has kept on giving -- the Richard Nixon tapes -- comes to an end on Wednesday.
Nixon library is scheduled to release the final installment of the
secretly recorded phone calls and meetings that have provided such a
fascinating glimpse into that landmark presidency -- and led to his 1974
resignation amid the Watergate scandal.
From the Associated Press:
recordings cap the chronological release of 3,000 hours of tapes Nixon
recorded between February 1971 and July 1973 that have been released by
the National Archives and Records Administration.
installment covers the tumultuous three months when Watergate was
closing in on the 37th president. Still, he forged ahead with Soviet
peace talks, worked to cement Chinese relations and welcomed home
Vietnam prisoners of war. ...
"The recordings released Wednesday
from the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif.,
cover April 9, 1973, to July 12, 1973, the day before the existence of
the covert recording system was revealed to a Senate committee probing
"Also unveiled will be 140,000 pages of documents,
including more than 30,000 recently declassified items such as an
intelligence analysis of Vietnam. Another 700 hours of Nixon tapes
remain classified or restricted and haven't been released because of
national security and privacy concerns."