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SIX CRISES (Richard Nixon Library Editions) Paperback – May 15, 1990

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Richard Milhous Nixon was born January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California. He was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S. president to resign the office, as a result of the Watergate scandal. Nixon had previously served as a U.S. Representative and Senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. He died April 22, 1994 in New York City. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Richard Nixon Library Editions
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671706195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671706197
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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"Six Crises" was Richard Nxon's first of eight books. From the original introduction, Nixon didn't think he would write another one. Turns out he was right. He wrote another seven. I read Stephen E. Ambrose's first volume on Nixon's life. He quotes this book numerous times and that, along with the positive reviews here, prompted me to get this book.

Nixon took a hands-on approach with this book, doing most of the legwork himself. He gives great insight and detail into each "crisis." Too much detail, if you ask me. This reminds me of a student who is writing a term paper who's unable to decide what to leave out, so he leaves it all in. That said, hearing about the Alger Hiss case straight from the horse's mouth is very interesting. As someone who knew some but not a lot about the case, it is very informative. The other sections are interesting and informative as well, although calling his visit to the Soviet Union and his dealings with Nikita Khrushchev a "crisis" is a bit of a reach in my opinion. One unintentionally amusing part: Nixon denies being anti-Semitic in the book, but anyone who read "The Nixon Tapes" knows he truly was.

Yes the book is too long, but since this was Nixon's first foray into book writing it's excusable. Worth a read for sure, and I will now likely get other books by Nixon too.

P.S. The book I purchased here and the version this review is based on was the Richard Nixon Library Edition which came out in 1990, not the Kindle version.
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