Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 460 pages
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To his conservative supporters in 1940s southern California, Richard Nixon was a populist everyman; to liberal intellectuals of the 1950s, he was "Tricky Dick," a devious manipulator; to 1960s radicals, a shadowy conspirator; to the Washington press corps, a pioneering spin doctor; to his loyal Middle Americans, a victim of liberal hatred; to recent historians, an unlikely liberal. Nixon's Shadow rediscovers these competing images of the protean Nixon, showing how each was created and disseminated in American culture and how Nixon's tinkering with his own image often backfired. During Nixon's long tenure on the national stage--and through the succession of "new Nixons" so brilliantly described here--Americans came to realize how thoroughly politics relies on manipulation. Since Nixon, it has become impossible to discuss politics without asking: What is the politician's "real" character? How authentic or inauthentic is he? What image is he trying to project? More than what Nixon did, this fascinating book reveals what Nixon meant.
  

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Contents

The California Conservatives Nixon as Populist
1
The Fifties Liberals Nixon as Tricky Dick
36
The New Left Radicals Nixon as Conspirator
73
The Washington Press Corps Nixon as News Manager
126
The Loyalists Nixon as Victim
180
The Psychobiographers Nixon as Madman
232
The Foreign Policy Establishment Nixon as Statesman
270
The Historians Nixon as Liberal
304
Nixon as Comeback Artist
338
Notes
349
Select Bibliography
401
Acknowledgments
431
Permissions
435
Index
437
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David Greenberg teaches history at Yale University. Formerly an editor of The New Republic, he writes for Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national publications. He lives in Manhattan and in New Haven.

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