New book coming in January: Nixon's Darkest Secrets, which reveals President Richard Nixon's possible affair with Key Biscayne businessman Charles "Bebe" Rebozo.
Author Don Fulsom (an American University adjunct instructor and former UPI reporter who covered Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton) writes of "the intimate and possibly homosexual nature of Nixon's relationship with confidante Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, a banker with mob ties," according to publisher Macmillan's website.
The book also contends:
- By the time Nixon became president in 1969, he had linked to the mob for more than two decades and, as president, had a close connection with New Orleans boss Carlos Marcello, the most powerful Mafioso in the nation
- The president had a drinking problem and top aides referred to him as "Our Drunk"
- Nixon had a misogynist streak and was abusive toward first lady Pat Nixon
- Testimony alleging that the president had ordered the killing of White House reporter Jack Anderson
Rebozo and Nixon were close friends for more than 40 years.
Nixon, who resigned as the nation's 37th president during the Watergate scandal in 1974, died 20 years later. Rebozo died in 1998.
From Rebozo's Miami Herald obituary:
When in Washington, Rebozo would drop in frequently at the White House and sit in the Oval Office with Nixon, listening reverently to the President's monologues. When a visitor showed up on business, Rebozo would deferentially shoo himself out.
"They were inseparable -- you just can't imagine how close two men could be, " Louis P. Fineman, a Republican campaigner, said when Nixon died in April 1994. "Richard Nixon would come to Miami feeling defeated, and he'd go to Bebe like a Father Confessor.
"It was as if Bebe had the key to unlock Richard Nixon's soul."