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Donald Fulsom UPI

January 1, 2012 by staff 

Donald Fulsom UPI, Richard Nixon managed to hide his wife-beating, heavy drinking and a possible gay relationship with his confidant and banker, Bebe Rebozo, while he was U.S. president, a new book alleges.

Nixon’s Darkest Secrets, to be published Jan. 31 by Macmillan, is the work of former UPI White House bureau chief Don Fulsom, now an adjunct instructor in American University’s Department of Government.

Fulsom based his book on his own work covering Nixon and four other U.S. presidents, new evidence from U.S. presidential libraries and “scores of interviews with members of Congress, White House staffers and others close” to Nixon, the publisher says on its website.

Allegations of an intimate relationship between Nixon and Rebozo have surfaced before. In his praise for Fulsom’s book, fellow Washington reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Patrick Sloyan recalled Nixon’s “public hand-holding with a boozy Bebe Rebozo.”

In Anthony Summers 2001 book The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon, he wrote the degree intimacy between Nixon and Rebozo “was really remarkable.”

Summers quoted former Lyndon Johnson aide Bobby Baker as saying they were “close, like lovers.” Others, including Pat Nixon and Nixon aide Charles Coulson, said it was one-way: Rebozo “worshipped” Nixon, Pat said.

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