Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

The Life

Book - 2017
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"Brilliantly researched, authoritatively crafted by a prize-winning biographer, and lively on the page, this is the Nixon we've been waiting for. Richard Nixon opens with young Navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returning from the Pacific and setting his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes quickly gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. It is a stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial portrait of a man who embodied postwar American cynicism. Within four years of that first win, Nixon would be a U.S. senator; in six the vice president of the United States of America. "Few came so far, so fast, and so alone," Farrell writes. Finally president, Nixon's staff was full of bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, poverty, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who set South against North, and who spurred the Silent Majority to despise and distrust the country's elites. He persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances--and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the mesmerizing intrigue and scandal known as Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace. Richard Nixon is an enthralling tour de force biography of our darkest president, one that reviewers will hail as a defining portrait, and the full life of Nixon readers have awaited"--
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385537353
Branch Call Number: 973.924 NIX
Characteristics: 737 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jun 28, 2017

I lived through the '60's and 70's and thought I knew Nixon's story. I was wrong. Much more complicated and interesting than I thought. This book is well researched and well written.

Apr 16, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. Learned some surprising facts about RN. MLK Jr. & Jackie Robinson thought highly of him. He could, at times, be extremely kind and compassionate. Yes, the moniker of "Tricky Dick" was deserved but Eisenhower's treatment of his vice-president seemed cruel. A multi-dimensional personality is revealed, not the stereotype we have of Nixon. If he had only has fessed up at the beginning of Watergate who knows what accomplishments would have followed. A fine portrait of a very complex & bewildering man.

Jan 20, 2017

I didn't really begin to grasp just how evil Nixon was until I read David Talbot's fantastic book, The Devil's Chessboard. Really, though, Nixon was just a minion of the Bush family, which were minions of the super-rich, especially the Rockefellers. Anyone else ever wondered why Nixon appears to have the ONLY Irish name with the letter // x \\ in it? ? ?

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