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