Weighing in at over 1,000 pages, Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician
is undoubtedly the most detailed single volume on the political career of the disgraced ex-president. But the events in this book take place decades before the Watergate scandal, in an era when many were unsure whether Nixon might ever climb to heights of power from which to topple. After covering the first 33 years of Nixon's life in about 300 pages, Roger Morris immerses the reader in the major controversies of Nixon's time on Capitol Hill: the Alger Hiss case, the hotly contested California Senate race against Democrat incumbent Helen Douglas, and the charges of improper conduct that rocked the 1952 presidential campaign and motivated a desperate Nixon to make an appeal to the American public on live television (the speech is perhaps best remembered for his invocation of the family dog, Checkers). Morris takes Nixon to his 1953 inauguration, leaving the reader in no doubt of what it cost Nixon, the Republican Party, and America to make that moment happen. --Ron Hogan
From Publishers Weekly
Morris ( Haig ) is the first biographer to provide such an intimate close-up of Nixon's early years: his relationship with his parents and siblings; his fledgling career as a lawyer; his service as a Navy officer in the Pacific. His courtship of Patricia Ryan, whom he married in 1940, is covered at length along with a revealing analysis of her influence on the future president. The balance of this engrossing book concerns four major events during Nixon's initial rise to power--his election to the House of Representatives, his emergence as a national figure during the Alger Hiss-Whittaker Chambers affair, his 1950 Red-smear campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas and election to the Senate, his nomination as Eisenhower's running mate in the 1952 presidential campaign. Morris concludes this major biography with a detailed account of the circumstances surrounding the infamous "Checkers" speech, which saved the vice-presidential candidate from political oblivion. 75,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo.
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