Nixon Reconsidered

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Basic Books, Jul 15, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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When given credit for certain accomplishments, Nixon is remembered for his dramatic successes in foreign policy, such as opening relations with China. Contrary to prevailing wisdom, Hoff argues that Nixon's most lasting achievements are in domestic rather than foreign policy. She points out that it was Nixon rather than Eisenhower, Kennedy, or Johnson who actually desegregated southern schools. It was Nixon who led Congress to our first concrete federal legislation on the environment. Nixon's bold attempts to achieve welfare and health care reform (opposed by both liberals and conservatives at the time) anticipated current reform efforts and are the most progressive initiatives of any president since FDR. And Nixon's civil rights record on women and Native Americans is also impressive, as is his reorganization of the executive branch of government.

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The timing certainly couldn't be better for these revisionist musings, which are intended to turn conventional wisdom about Nixon's achievements as president on its head. They don't. Hoff (History ... Read full review

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Hoff, an Indiana University historian and senior editor of University Publications' microfilm edition of Nixon's presidential papers, presents a scrupulously researched analysis of Nixon's domestic ... Read full review


Nixon Is More Than Watergate
PART IReevaluating Nixons Domestic Policies
Beyond the New Deal and the Great Society
The Nixonian System of Corporate Governance
Civil Rights Invigorated
Bold Attempts at Welfare Health and Economic Reform
PART IIReevaluating Nixons Fobeign Policies 5 An Overview of Nixinger Diplomacy
Detente NATO and Rapprochement
Balancing the Foreign Policy Scale
PART IIIReevaluating Watergate
Civil Rights Violated
Politics or Sex?
Watergate Is More Than Nixon
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Without Peace or Honor

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Joan Hoff, professor of history at Indiana University and co-editor of the Journal of Women's History, is a specialist in twentieth-century American foreign policy and politics and in the legal status of American women. She was executive secretary of the Organization of American Historians from 1981 to 1989. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, includig the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Article Prize and the Stuart L. Bernath Prize for the best book on American diplomacy. She is the author of several books including Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women and Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive.

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