Watergate figure John Dean to speak at UCA

John Dean, the White House lawyer whose congressional testimony was key to unraveling the Watergate conspiracy during the presidential administration of Richard M. Nixon, will speak at UCA this Monday.

Dean’s lecture will take place on Monday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at the Brewer-Hegeman conference center on the UCA campus. The event is free and open to the public, and it will include a reception and book signing.

Dean has long written on the subjects of law, government, and politics, and he recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, Blind Ambition (1976) and Lost Honor (1982). He lives in Beverly Hills, Cal. with his wife Maureen, and now is a full-time writer and lecturer, having retired from his career as a private investment banker.

Before becoming Counsel to President Nixon in July 1970 at age 31, Dean was Chief Minority Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, the Associate Director of a law reform commission, and U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General. He served as Nixon’s White House lawyer for a thousand days.

In 2001, he published The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment that Redefined the Supreme Court; in early 2004, Warren G. Harding, followed by Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush. In 2006, Dean publihsed Conservatives Without Conscience.

His newest book is Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches.