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Old 15 February 2007, 04:56 AM
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Icon84 A president ruled, ruined by insecurity

Filmmaker David Taylor, preparing his new History Channel documentary, donned headphones to hear "hours and hours" of recently released tapes, dating back to 1971, from the Oval Office and Camp David.

"It allowed me to literally listen to Nixon in his own words," Taylor said. "He was a different person depending on who he was talking to."

Taylor described the 37th president as a man beset by meanness and vindictiveness.

"He didn't respond to praise. Out of 100 phone messages, he would want to know about the three that were negative -- and, then, to get even," Taylor said.

The coarse language on Nixon's tapes might surprise even those familiar with the Watergate saga.

"I listened to hundreds of hours of LBJ, and you'd come across the occasional swear word," Taylor said. "With Nixon, it was endless."

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