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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished 13 months ago by TX
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 morePublished 14 months ago by jj gutierrez
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 morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Cliente de Amazon
This is an excellent book that gave me a completely different perspective on former President Richard Nixon and his early career. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by S. Ponzio
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
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 morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Capt Nemo
Ronald Reagan kept multiple copies of two books on his book shelves, at home, in his private office, and in the White-House. Read morePublished on June 20, 2009 by A. R. P.
"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 morePublished on January 21, 2008 by Hwyl Pwllheli