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"I have decided my major role is moral leadership," Nixon wrote in 1972 in one of his myriad memos to himself. (As Reeves writes, "Whatever else he accomplished, Richard Nixon produced more paper and tape than any president before or since.") That resolution quickly collapsed; instead, as the Vietnam War shaded into defeat and protests at home mounted, Nixon sank into a siege mentality, seeing himself as a lone crusader at war with the rest of the world. Reeves examines the cat-and-mouse quality of Nixon's relations with his inner circle and family, as well as the excruciating collapse of national leadership in the wake of missteps, miscalculations, and sheer crimes. Rigorous and thoughtful, Reeves's book adds much to our understanding of Nixon's troubled presidency--and of his troubled soul. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is one of the best biographies ever.
Nixon was a larger than life man who lived a life filled with contradictions. Read more
I began reading this book in an attempt to find a balanced and historically accurate book about the Nixon administration without the negative bias that fills the books of a post... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nathan Crowell
This is an excellent book that brings this president to life with all his contradictory traits. It also allows the reader to understand the entire administration -- Kissinger, the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Patricia C. Stendal
this seems to be a good book. i'm not done reading it yet but it's refreshing to read a book
to read a book so well-balanced i.e. Read more
The author provides a detailed description of what was going on between Nixon and his staff during his presidency, courtesy of official documents and personal diaries. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Suzanne
Book was long but kept my interest every minute. I was in my early teens and only vaguely remember this period in history. Read morePublished 18 months ago by mimi
This is the second Richard Reeves presidential biography I have read. I enjoyed the first, about John F. Kennedy, very much. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tammany Hall
Long after his presidency, Richard Nixon remains one of the United States' most controversial presidents. Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Andrew Collins
An excellent biography, full of details on the man and the political. The book succeeds in catching the zeitgeist of those years, no doubt. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by richard milhouse