Richard M. Nixon: The American Presidents Series: The 37th President, 1969-1974 (Google eBook)
The complex man at the center of America's most self-destructive presidency In this provocative and revelatory assessment of the only president ever forced out of office, the legendary Washington journalist Elizabeth Drew explains how Richard M. Nixon's troubled inner life offers the key to understanding his presidency. She shows how Nixon was surprisingly indecisive on domestic issues and often wasn't interested in them. Turning to international affairs, she reveals the inner workings of Nixon's complex relationship with Henry Kissinger, and their mutual rivalry and distrust. The Watergate scandal that ended his presidency was at once an overreach of executive power and the inevitable result of his paranoia and passion for vengeance.
Even Nixon's post-presidential rehabilitation was motivated by a consuming desire for respectability, and he succeeded through his remarkable resilience. Through this book we finally understand this complicated man. While giving him credit for his achievements, Drew questions whether such a man--beleaguered, suspicious, and motivated by resentment and paranoia--was fit to hold America's highest office, and raises large doubts that he was.
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Review: Richard M. Nixon (The American Presidents #37)User Review - Thomas - Goodreads
The biographer's art is a delicate one, especially when writing about modern, tragic figures. Readers already know how the subject's life turned out, so there can be no narrative tension. Many aspects ... Read full review
Review: Richard M. Nixon (The American Presidents #37)User Review - Gary Geiger - Goodreads
I would like to give a shout out to The American Presidents biography series. These short books give a good overview of the lives of presidents. They aren't deep but sometimes all you are looking for ... Read full review
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