Dwight Lee Chapin was born in Wichita, Kansas on December 2, 1940. He was a field worker on Richard Nixon’s 1962 gubernatorial campaign while he was still in college. From 1967-68, Chapin worked as the Personal Aide to former Vice President Richard Nixon during his presidential campaign. After Nixon’s election victory, Chapin became Special Assistant to the President, serving as Appointments Secretary. He held that position from 1969 until he became Deputy Assistant to the President in 1971. Chapin was named one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Men” by the Jaycees in 1972 for his contribution to President Nixon’s visit to China. Chapin remained in his role as Deputy Assistant until he left the White House Staff in March 1973. Revealing in-depth memoirs about his time with Nixon, The President’s Man (William Morrow) is Chapin’s first book and was published in February 2022.
From Richard Nixon’s “You-won’t-have-Nixon-to-kick-around-anymore” 1962 gubernatorial campaign through his world-changing trips to China and the Soviet Union and epic downfall, Dwight Chapin was by his side. As his Personal Aide and then Deputy Assistant in the White House, Chapin was with him in his most private and most public moments. He traveled with him, assisted, advised, strategized, campaigned and learned from one of America’s most controversial presidents. As Bob Haldeman’s protege, Chapin worked with Henry Kissinger in opening China—then eventually went to prison in the aftermath of Watergate although he had no involvement in it. In this memoir Chapin takes readers on an extraordinary historic journey; presenting an insider’s view of America’s most enigmatic President. Chapin relates his memorable experiences with the people who shaped the future: Henry Kissinger, his close friend Bob Haldeman, Choi En-lai, Pat Nixon, the embittered Spiro Agnew, J. Edgar Hoover, Frank Sinatra, Mark "Deep Throat" Felt, young and ambitious Roger Ailes, and John Dean. It’s a story that ranges from Coretta Scott King to Elvis Presley, from the wonder of entering a closed Chinese society to the Oval Office, and concludes with startling new insights and conclusions about the break-in that brought down Nixon’s presidency.
Weaving together his veteran experience working for President Nixon, Chapin is an unforgettable and informative presence. He is the ideal speaker for Universities, Historical Societies and Libraries, Associations, and Corporations.
In 1986, he created his own consulting company, Chapin Enterprises. He also remained active in politics and worked on Ronald Reagan’s 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns and George H. W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign. Chapin later went on to work as a business consultant, mentor, and public speaker. Currently, he resides in Connecticut.
Praise for The President’s Man:
“The President’s Man is an engaging and provocative look at the Nixon presidency written by Dwight Chapin, someone with a unique experience in the Nixon White House.”
--Henry Kissinger, Former United States Secretary of State to Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
“In a revealing and deeply personal volume, Dwight Chapin has penned the ultimate ‘draw back the curtain’ on the presidency of Richard Nixon.”
--Karl Rove, Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff to George W. Bush
“This book sheds a unique, interesting light on one of our most complicated and effective presidents. Because of Watergate, few people recall that Nixon was historically popular and remarkably successful. Anyone who cares about American history and politics should read The President’s Man.”
--Newt Gingrich, Former US Speaker of the House
“Dwight Chapin’s The President’s Man is the book we’ve been waiting fifty years for. Rarely in U.S. history has someone spent so much time with a president and lived to write about it. Filled with new details on every page and beautifully written, it will force us to reassess Richard Nixon yet again. It is sure to become an instant classic on the era!”
--Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter, authors of The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972 and The Nixon Tapes: 1973
“An intimate and insightful memoir that students of the era never imagined we would see… Dwight Chapin’s unsparing recollections make a significant addition to the literature of the Nixon administration and the annals of the postwar presidency.”
--James Rosen, author of The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate
“Chapin’s autobiography offers some entertaining anecdotes about many who passed through his office and will appeal to Nixonians and to those looking for yet another very personal perspective on Watergate.”
“Chapin provides an insider’s perspective on what he deems the White House’s “ethical culture” and major developments of Nixon’s administration, including the ending of official American involvement in the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons negotiations with the Soviets, as well as significant domestic achievements that Chapin believes were obscured by the Watergate investigation.”