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Nixon: An Oral History of His Presidency Paperback – January 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060927097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060927097
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,206,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this kaleidoscopic oral history, one of the 90 interviewees, Howard Phillips, chair of the Conservative Caucus, observes that Nixon's love-hate relationship with his father, mostly hate, and his exaggerated exaltation of his mother are keys to understanding his personality and presidency. Peppered with valuable nuggets of psychological insight and fresh details on Nixon's administration, this montage of reminiscences and opinions ranges across the political spectrum, with Daniel Ellsberg, George Shultz, Robert Bork, George McGovern and Gerald Ford among those interviewed. Bob Woodward, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichmann and others air their mutually contradictory theories on who ordered the 1972 break-ins of the Democratic National Committee's Watergate headquarters and why. The Strobers, authors of Let Us Begin Anew, an oral history of Kennedy's presidency, present a smorgasbord of views on Nixon's domestic and foreign achievements and his rehabilitation prior to his death earlier this year.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Following the recent flood of Nixon memoirs, biographies, exposes, and so forth (e.g., Jonathan Aitken's Nixon: A Life, LJ 5/1/94; Fred Emery's Watergate, LJ 6/1/94; and Marvin Kalb's The Nixon Memo, LJ 9/15/94), this oral history of the Nixon presidency makes several contributions that render it attractive to libraries and readers who want participant-observer perspectives. The authors are collaborating for a second time after the success of their first oral history, Let Us Begin Anew (LJ 3/15/93), which examined John F. Kennedy. Virtually all of the key participants in Watergate are interviewed either in person or by phone. Two very valuable appendixes list those interviewed, their roles, and what they are doing today. The authors have also provided keen insights from informed journalists and foreign observers from the Nixon years. Chapters are organized in a quasi-historical perspective, but the interviews are restructured according to topics (the 1968 election, the Pentagon Papers and the plumbers, and the post-Watergate rehabilitation of the Nixon image), which should be most helpful to researchers who have neither time nor money to visit the Nixon library at Yorba Linda.
Frank Kessler, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Finkelstein on July 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book because it talks about the Nixon presidency from Nixon's election to the White House in 1969 to his resignation in 1974. The people that discuss Nixon in this book are members of his cabinet, foreign diplomats and heads of state, his family, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This book also goes into detail about the Watergate incident, Nixon's life after his resignation and President Ford's attempts to heal the nation after the Watergate incident. That is what made this book interesting and exciting.
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