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1st Gear: All The Chairman's Men I should have actually called this gear "Final Days," but few people have read "Final Days" relative to the number of people who have read "All The President's Men" or seen the movie. But "Final Days" is actually better and gives you insight into just how fucked up the Nixon administration was as it was heading out the door.

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Crisis does weird shit to people and no crisis was bigger for Ford than the Firestone debacle which, ultimately, linked to more than 270 lives and set the company back on its heels for years.

According to a new book by former Ford PR head Jason Vines, the company bugged his phone and otherwise ran around in a Nixon-like state of Paranoia with Bill Ford, Jr. in the role of the former President.