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Six Crises [Kindle Edition]

Richard Nixon
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Book Description

For many years before he became President, Richard Nixon's decisions vitally affected the well-being of the nation. Six of those decisions significantly shaped the man who would later become the 37th President of the United States.

Six Crises is a close-up look at this dynamic man, recalling the demands placed upon him, the thinking behind his decisions, and the pressures of political life.


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  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHE24LM
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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Published in 1962, "Six Crises" by Richard Nixon is easily one of the best-written and most interesting books done by a US President. This book was a bestseller and even today it is regarded as a worthwhile read, largely because of its' insights into Nixon's mind and character. Fittingly, the book isn't an autobiography or a political memoir; instead it focuses upon what Nixon considered to be the six greatest moments of his political career up to 1961.

The first crisis is the infamous "Hiss Case" in 1948, which elevated Nixon - then an unknown junior Congressman - into national prominence for the first time. The case started when Whittaker Chambers, a Communist turned Anti-Communist magazine editor, accused Alger Hiss, a high-ranking diplomat in the State Department, of being a Communist spy who had passed American military and scientific secrets to the Soviets. The Hiss spy case became a national sensation and shocked the country, and Nixon - a member of a congressional committee investigating Communist activities in the U.S. - became famous by questioning Hiss in dramatic congressional hearings, and in 1950 he used the case as a springboard to the U.S. Senate. The second crisis occurred during Nixon's first Vice-Presidential campaign in 1952, when he was accused by the press of being a crook who took bribes. Eisenhower considered forcing Nixon to resign as his running mate, but Nixon saved his career with the famous "Checkers" speech on national television (Nixon prefers to call it the "Fund" speech). The third crisis happened in 1955 when President Eisenhower had a serious heart attack, and until he recovered Vice-President Nixon had to be the "acting President" for a few weeks - a delicate task, but one Nixon performed quite well.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book! September 26, 2006
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Has there ever been anyone like Richard Nixon? For sheer resiliency,he stands alone in American history. No one won bigger than Richard Nixon. And no one lost bigger than Richard Nixon. And then won again. And then lost. And won again. He just kept punching and planning and working, to eventually become one of the dominant figures of the 20th Century.

The author of 9 books, 8 of them best-sellers, this is his first,and covers six major crises of his political life to 1962. This is serious history, but so well-written that it reads like an exciting novel. In it, you can see the raw steel of the man emerging through his discipline, beginnig with his first crisis as a 35-year-old freshman congressman,the prosecution of Alger Hiss, the darling of east coast liberals and the state department, as a Soviet spy.. The other crises have been well-described by other reviewers, but all were thrilling examples of courage (backed by preparation) under fire. Highly-experienced Washington veteran David Gergen, who worked closely with four Presidents, in his excellent book "Eyewitness to History" described Richard Nixon as "the toughest man I ever knew". In this book, you can see why.

Interestingly, his overwhelming love of country shines through as well. For example,the 1960 election was unbelievably close.A swing of only 11,000 votes properly distributed, and the election results would have been reversed. And there was verifiable vote fraud by the Democrats, especially in Texas and Illinois. Nixon was repeatedly urged to demand an investigation and recount. He refused. First,it would have greatly delayed the transference of responsiblity to a new administration. But secondly, as he wrote, "Then, too, the bitterness that would be engendered by such a maneuver on my part would,in my opinion, have done incalculable and lasting damage throughout the country." There speaks a Patriot. And a Man!

Also recommnended."Nixon in Winter" by Monica Crowley.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Vice-Presidential Memoir April 19, 2008
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"Six Crises" is Richard Nixon's first book. Although he believed that it would be his last, we are fortunate that he surprised himself and wrote nine more. Originally published in 1962, it covers six leading events in the author's life up to that time. Nixon chose to characterize these events as "crises" because of responses that they called out of those whom they challenged. In the introduction he shares with the reader the lessons which he draws from the role in crisis management of confidence, coolness, courage and experience.

The Six Crises which Nixon highlights in his book are The Hiss Case, The Fund, The Heart Attack, Caracas, Khrushchev and the Campaign of 1960.

The Hiss Case was Nixon's first big step on the national stage, in which his subcommittee of the House Un-American Activities Committee investigated Whittaker Chambers' claim that Alger Hiss had been a Communist. This section of the book reads like a mystery thriller in which Nixon gives his candid assessment of the principals involved and the reputations of each. He makes it clear that Hiss started with a much more impressive persona than his accuser, Chambers. He relates in detail the evidence and the analysis to which the subcommittee subjected it in trying to determine how far to take the investigation and what to make of its findings. The reading of the narration of this crisis leads the reader to appreciate the internal struggle with which each committee member wrestled in doing his duty of protecting the national security.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
Who knew I'd like a book by Richard Nixon? I guess I'd always just heard bad things about him in school growing up (the impeached president). Read more
Published 3 months ago by TX
5.0 out of 5 stars Therefore it was easy to understand his behavior later on when he was...
Richard Nixon was a man that knew history. This book gave me the insight of the man himself, when I first read it in Germany when I was in the Army in 1963. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jj gutierrez
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Was Nixon a good man? I think so. A thoroughly hard working, highly intelligent and driven man, Nixon always thoroughly prepared for his assignments. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
Before reading this book, I read "Leaders", which is also a great book and I recommend it as well. Richard Nixon is mostly remembered for his involvement in the Watergate Scandal. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cliente de Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Analytic and intriguing.
This is an excellent book that gave me a completely different perspective on former President Richard Nixon and his early career. Read more
Published on March 6, 2013 by S. Ponzio
4.0 out of 5 stars Great View of 1950's Politics
I always found Nixon to be a more intriguing character than Kennedy. This book explains why.
The man had a very honorable career before his eventual fall from grace. Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by Chief
3.0 out of 5 stars Set the Record Straight
Somebody points out in a previous review that there were illegal voting activities by Democrats in 1960, and that Nixon showed his true class by refusing a recount. Read more
Published on August 10, 2010 by Capt Nemo
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every book shelf
Ronald Reagan kept multiple copies of two books on his book shelves, at home, in his private office, and in the White-House. Read more
Published on June 20, 2009 by Alva R. Peach
5.0 out of 5 stars Nixon - a shaper of our age
"Six Crises" was written by Richard Nixon after being VP for Dwight Eisenhower and after losing the Presidential election very narrowly to J. F. Kennedy. Read more
Published on January 21, 2008 by Hwyl Pwllheli
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Of course, I remember, as a young man, throwing tacos at the TV during Nixon's press conference in 1973 when he placed US atomic forces on alert during the Arab-Israeli war of... Read more
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