Age of Secrets: The Conspiracy that Toppled Richard Nixon and the Hidden Death of Howard Hughes is a biography on former U.S. Senate Candidate, John H. Meier, who was intimately involved with Howard Hughes, Watergate, Nixon and the CIA during times of several major historical events. The book was written by newspaper reporter Gerald Bellett.

As a newspaper reporter, Bellett had written stories on Meier for over 20 years, and after gaining Meier’s trust, spent several hundred hours interviewing him for this biography. Meier also gave Bellett access to his personal materials, including his diaries, documents, and photographs.

Apart from Howard Hughes, Meier was friends and acquainted with many powerful people, many of which are mentioned in Age of Secrets, including Vice President of the United States Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon and his brother Donald Nixon, Robert F. Kennedy, Los Angeles Mayor Samuel William Yorty, Moe Dalitz, the King of Tonga Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, Hank Greenspun, President Joaquin Balaguer of the Dominican Republic, Prime Minister of Canada Pierrre Trudeau, and F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Age of Secrets revealed the reasons behind Watergate and exposed the hidden death of Howard Hughes. Among other things it revealed:

  1.     an enormous payoff made to the White House by Howard Hughes.

  2. how this bribe was at the very heart of Watergate and used by Meier and other conspirators to maneuver Nixon into his greatest folly, the Watergate break-in.

  3. how the supposedly venerable Senate Watergate Committee committed its own cover-up and deliberately suppressed evidence disclosing the true nature of Watergate and the CIA’s role in it.

  4. how Meier for his part in Nixon’s downfall, was pursued for 20 years by a wrathful CIA, the powerful Hughes organization and Nixon sympathizers still embedded in government.

  5. how Meier was courted by Canadian and British intelligence agencies and how he derailed the CIA’s plans for seizing control of Britain’s North Sea oil fields.

  6. where Hughes’ body was kept while his organization and the CIA used his companies and name for their own purposes.

  7. how Meier was wrongfully charged with a number of offences including murder and the world-wide pursuit of him by the CIA.

John Meier, in the Afterword for Age of Secrets, sums up the book by saying “My story is one of a man devastated by a corrupt system. Our governments are increasingly disrespectful of basic human rights such that we can no longer legitimately call our nations democracies. I hope that this story will contribute to changing this course.”