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'Our Nixon' -- Audio tapes and home movies made into first-rate history

CNN documentary captures a sense of this complicated man and his troubled times

By David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

6:00 AM EDT, August 1, 2013

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"Our Nixon," a documentary on Richard Nixon's presidency based on Super 8 home movies made by aides John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman and Dwight Chapin, is the TV surprise and delight of the summer. It premieres at 9 tonight (Aug. 1) on CNN with multiple plays throughout the month.

This is absolutely first-rate history that instantly transports you to the tumultuous times of the late 1960s and early '70s when Richard Nixon soared so high and fell so low.

I admit I am complete Watergate and Nixon-era junkie, so bear that in mind when you listen to this podcast preview I did for Baltimore's WYPR-FM (88.1) with program director Andy Bienstock.

As engaging as the film is, it also serves a brilliant reminder of the power of primary sources in telling a story like this. This is masterful documentary filmmaking by director Penny Lane.

Enjoy the podcast and the film tonight on CNN.