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Pat and Dick: The Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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"[Swift] gives us among the most nuanced portraits of these two complex indivdiduals that we have yet seen...for all biography buffs, presidential history buffs, and those who study profiles of marriage." (Library Journal (starred review))
"Swift has formed an absorbing depiction of Richard and Patricia Nixon...he provides one of the best, if starkest, descriptions of Richard in love and politics." (Publishers Weekly)
"Presidential biographer Swift focuses on the spousal team of Pat and Dick Nixon, zeroing in on the incredibly strong marriage that sustained them through both personal and political triumphs and humiliations... This intimate portrait into their marriage not only humanizes their carefully constructed and often maligned public image but also illuminates the strong ties that irrevocably bound the private couple. Admire Nixon or revile him, his biggest success in life was forging a long-term marriage and fostering the devotion of his indomitable family unit." (--Margaret Flanagan, Booklist)
(Daniel Mark Epstein, author of The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage)
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It appears that the marriage was a happy one during the early years, and after 1975, until their deaths, they seemed to have achieved some peace and serenity. The late 50's, the 60's, and the White House years, however, must have been a living hell for Pat Nixon since she bore the brunt of Nixon's overriding ambition and his growing paranoia. Increasingly she was cast aside and ignored despite all her hard work and efforts (and warnings). How Nixon could have permitted the "Germans" (bullyboys more like) Haldeman and Erlichman to treat her with such disdain and disrespect is inexplicable and unexcusable. They even treated the daughters in the same manner, except for the one time that Trisha got the better of Erlichman.....and good for her. Swift's major explanation of Pat Nixon's role in the marriage is that she made the decision to carry out her role as that of wife and mother (homemaker) as prescribed during the 50's and early 60's.Read more ›
By focusing on the marriage between Pat and Richard Nixon, Swift has found an intimate lens by which we see Nixon in an entirely new light. When you close the book you won't necessarily like the man, but you will understand him in a refreshingly new manner. A way that might even, dare I say it, create a grain of empathy among those of us who were among the ranks of Nixon haters.
In Will Swift, the Nixons have found someone who has captured their human selves that for the longest time were only visible to their family and closest friends and associates. Swift's strengths are many: clear voice, impartiality, much original research, and considerable insight into personal relationships. Though nothing changes historical facts, Swift leaves you with a deeper understanding of what drove the Nixons, especially Pat's considerable strengths, and what led to a myriad of mistakes that culminated in the Watergate cover-up; the bottom line is you may find yourself a bit more accepting of him, and particularly her.
Swift sums things up nicely and succinctly in the last paragraph of the book: "The Nixons haunt and inspire our national psyche. They strove to portray the best of America's moral character and they succeeded, but they also represented the worst aspects of our culture -- the pursuit of achievement and a preoccupation with public image at the expense of self-awareness, personal contentment, and integrity. Their marriage -- rich with flaws and virtues, constantly reinvented in crisis after crisis, enduring for half a century in the public arena -- makes them figures crucial to, and emblematic of, the American story."
Features archival research and interviews, footnotes, an index, and photos.
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A fascinating, at times heartbreaking read about two people in love who endure the most extraordinary circumstances during their lifetime together. Read morePublished 12 months ago by SSKilborne
Having never been a fan of the Nixon's, I still wanted to know more about them, after watching a show about the Viet Nam war era on PBS. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Craig
Scholars are jumping up and down. But even educated laypeople are scratching their heads. Yes, it's a new and softer Nixon, but Swift doesn't let him get away with that much. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gerry Robinson
A very readable biography that humanizes the Nixons. Interesting to read a history of that era the context of the Nixon's personal lives.Published 17 months ago by Az Garden Girl
Facinating background story about the very unusual personal relationship between these two. Who would have guessed that "Plastic Pat" was the backbone of this team! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Theo. Fox
The first objective view I have found of the Nixon marriage.Published 21 months ago by Judy C. Tallman
A totally different view of their marriage than what I thought. Not sure if the book is biased or not, but it did humanize both of them to a greater degree than what was... Read morePublished 22 months ago by TD
This is a well-written view of the Nixon's private life, one that has long intrigued the observing public. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Todd Windyhill