Before becoming counsel to the president of the United States in July 1970 at age thirty-one, John W. Dean was chief minority counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, the associate director of a law-reform commission, and associate deputy attorney general of the United States. He served as Richard Nixon's White House lawyer for a thousand days.
He did his undergraduate studies at Colgate University and the College of Wooster, with majors in English literature and political science. He received a graduate fellowship from American University to study government and the presidency, before entering Georgetown University Law Center, where he received his JD in 1965.
Dean has written many articles and essays on law, government, and politics. He has recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, BLIND AMBITION and LOST HONOR. His other books include THE REHNQUIST CHOICE, UNMASKING DEEP THROAT, and WARREN G. HARDING. He has also written for the NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE, MSNBC, Salon, and many other publications. He writes a biweekly column for FindLaw's "Writ."
Dean recently retired from his successful career as a private investment banker and now writes and lectures full-time. Most recently he became a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.