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More than three decades after Nixon resigned in disgrace, A Presidency Revealed lives up to its title by showing Nixon as a deeply insecure and introverted leader whose most revolutionary achievement (his re-opening of diplomatic relations with China) was darkly overshadowed by his penchant for rampant paranoia and deeply held resentments toward those he placed on his notorious list of "enemies." And while Nixon can justifiably be remembered as a progressive peacemaker ("too liberal" to be electable today, says former senator Bob Dole), this riveting program doesn't flinch when examining the secrecy, lies, cover-ups, and other abuses of power that led to Nixon's downfall. Better yet, this highly recommendable DVD also includes the 2000 History Channel program Inside the Presidency: Eisenhower vs. Nixon, an equally insightful examination of Nixon's vice presidency under Eisenhower in the 1950s--a turbulent and unflattering relationship (toward Nixon) that fostered Nixon's later, distrusting behavior in the Whit House. Taken together, these must-see programs are outstanding primers on the acquisition and abuse of political power, and both represent History Channel programming at its finest. --Jeff Shannon
This is a nice addition to a presidential buff's personal library.
Those of us on the right are often confused by how much the left hates Nixon because we see him as the big spending, government bloating neo-leftist he actually was.
One thing: no interviews with either the late John Mitchell, the late Pat Nixon, the late Gerald Ford, or even the late Richard Nixon himself.
A worthwhile documentary but it could easily have been two discs focusing a lot more on Nixon's achievements than just one disc. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by James D. Bonar
Good DVD. Material is easily recalled, though, after a few viewings and it is no longer intriguing, nor new. Read morePublished on November 1, 2007 by Handsome Johnny
This is a first class documentary about someone who could have been a first class President. Richard Nixon was as complex a man as any who ever occupied the Oval Office. Read morePublished on August 2, 2007 by Bernard Chapin
While this is a nice account, Nixon was not complicated, and could never be mistaken — EVER — as "brilliant." Thus his "tragic flaw. Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by Zaine Ridling