Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-made Man

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 617 pages
From one of America's most distinguished historians comes this classic analysis of Richard Nixon. By considering some of the president's opinions, Wills comes to the controversial conclusion that Nixon was actually a liberal. Both entertaining and essential, Nixon Agonistes captures a troubled leader and a struggling nation mired in a foolish Asian war, forfeiting the loyalty of its youth, puzzled by its own power, and looking to its cautious president for confidence. In the end, Nixon Agonistes reaches far beyond its assessment of the thirty-seventh president to become an incisive and provocative analysis of the American political machine.
 

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This is one of the most searing analyses I have read of Richard Nixon. An equal assessment might be when Hunter S. Thompson said in 1994 that Nixon was the death of the American Dream and that his ... Read full review

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Contents

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
3
The Center Cannot Hold
34
The Politics of Resentment
55
The Denigrative Method
72
Checkers
91
The Hero
115
The Common Man
139
Whittier First Day
150
Liberals
335
Radicals
356
The Establishment
374
The War on War
388
Plastic Man
403
The Political Market
417
SelfDetermination
419
A Good Election
434

Whittier Second Day
168
The Economic Market
187
Miami 1968
189
Political Philanthropy
206
Republican Camelot
219
They the People
229
The Goldwater Party
246
Southern Strategy
258
The Succeeder
276
The NonSucceeders
294
Making It
306
The Intellectual Market
317
Chicago 1968
319
The Covenant
456
Universalism
471
Our Country
481
The Future of Liberalism
497
Saving the System
499
Refiguring the Calculus
518
Left and Right in America
539
Beyond Left and Right
558
Nixon Triumphans The SelfMade Man
576
Nixon Agonistes The Last Liberal?
589
Index of Proper Names
605
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GARRY WILLS, a distinguished historian and critic, is the author of numerous books, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lincoln at Gettysburg, Saint Augustine, and the best-selling Why I Am a Catholic.
A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, he has won many awards, among them two National Book Critics Circle Awards and the 1998 National Medal for the Humanities. He is a history professor emeritus at Northwestern University.

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