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    Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia

    By: Francis Wheen

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    In 1971 Richard Nixon installed a sophisticated voice-activated recording system in the White House. Three years later he became the first US president to resign‚ implicated in the Watergate cover-up by the evidence of his own tapes.

    In the spring of 1976‚ weeks after resigning as the British prime minister‚ Harold Wilson summoned two young BBC journalists whom he scarcely knew and asked them to investigate MI5's machinations. 'I see myself as a big fat spider in the corner of the room‚' he said. 'Sometimes I speak when I'm asleep. You should both listen.'

    STRANGE DAYS INDEED tells the story of how the paranoia exemplified by Wilson and Nixon became the defining characteristic of western politics and culture in the 1970s - a decade in which the leader of the British Liberal Party stood trial for conspiracy to murder and the West German chancellor discovered that his personal assistant was an East German agent.

    STRANGE DAYS INDEED will vividly evoke the characters‚ events and atmosphere of an era in which the truth was far stranger than even the most outlandish fiction.

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