Nixon, Volume 1

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Simon and Schuster, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 752 pages
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From acclaimed biographer Stephen E. Ambrose comes the life of one of the most elusive and intriguing American political figures, Richard M. Nixon. From his difficult boyhood and earnest youth to bis ruthless political campaigns for Congress and Senate to his defeats in '60 and '62, Nixon emerges life-size in all his complexity. Ambrose charts the peaks and valleys of Nixon's first fifty years -- his critical support as a freshman congressman of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; his involvement in the House Committee on Un-American Activities; his aggressive pursuit of Alger Hiss; his ambivalent relationship with Eisenhower; and more. It is the consummate biography; it is a stunning political odyssey.
  

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Review: Nixon Volume #1: The Education of a Politician, 1913-62 (Nixon #1)

User Review  - Jonathan Frankel - Goodreads

Great Read. Ambrose is very even-handed in his bio of Nixon. I did not know anything about Nixon's early years (only W-gate and on) and got new perspective on that time and when some of the Watergate players began to join the Nixon staff. Look forward to reading Vol 2 (1962-72) Read full review

Review: Nixon Volume #2: The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972 (Nixon #2)

User Review  - Danmcgohan - Goodreads

As always a good read by Ambrose. The book makes me think no politician is really worthy of the office of President. They are ALL so flawed. It is not the desire to serve and move the country towards a better place, but a sick desire for power and control. Read full review

Contents

Frank and Hannah 18781912
9
Yorba Linda 19131922
21
Whittier 19221930
34
Whittier College 19301934
54
Duke Law School 19341937
73
Law and Marriage 19371941
87
U S Navy 19421945
105
The First Campaign 1946
117
The President Has Had a Coronary 1955
360
Holding On to the VicePresidency JanuaryAugust 1956
384
The Fifth Campaign SeptemberDecember 1956
409
Searching for a Role 1957
427
A Continent for a Theater South America 1958
456
The Sixth Campaign 1958
483
The Man Who Stood Up to Khrushchev 1959
509
Politics 19591960
535

Freshman Congressman 19471948
141
The Hiss Case AugustDecember 1948
166
The Second Campaign 19491950
197
U S Senator 1951
224
The Drive to the VicePresidential Nomination JanuaryAugust 1952
249
The Third Campaign AugustNovember 1952
271
VicePresident 1953
301
The Fourth Campaign 1954
330
The Seventh Campaign Part One 1960
556
The Seventh Campaign Part Two 1960
584
An Assessment 19531961
609
It Was Not an Easy Time 1961
626
The Eighth Campaign 1962
650
Notes
675
Bibliography
717
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About the author (1988)

Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of the definitive and highly acclaimed two-volume biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower, editor of the Eisenhower Papers, and Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. His other books include Pegasus Bridge.