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More than three decades after Nixon resigned in disgrace, A Presidency Revealed lives up to its title by showing Nixon as a deeply insecure and introverted leader whose most revolutionary achievement (his re-opening of diplomatic relations with China) was darkly overshadowed by his penchant for rampant paranoia and deeply held resentments toward those he placed on his notorious list of "enemies." And while Nixon can justifiably be remembered as a progressive peacemaker ("too liberal" to be electable today, says former senator Bob Dole), this riveting program doesn't flinch when examining the secrecy, lies, cover-ups, and other abuses of power that led to Nixon's downfall. Better yet, this highly recommendable DVD also includes the 2000 History Channel program Inside the Presidency: Eisenhower vs. Nixon, an equally insightful examination of Nixon's vice presidency under Eisenhower in the 1950s--a turbulent and unflattering relationship (toward Nixon) that fostered Nixon's later, distrusting behavior in the Whit House. Taken together, these must-see programs are outstanding primers on the acquisition and abuse of political power, and both represent History Channel programming at its finest. --Jeff Shannon
- Bonus documentary: "Inside the Presidency: Eisenhower vs. Nixon"
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The downside to this production is that it doesn't go into his pre-political life. For that I suggest one watches the PBS Presidential version of Nixon, a good production that balances this one out. This work starts with Nixon's term under Eisenhower and how he rose to power in the 1950s.
Nixon's daughter is interviewed for this, Alex Butterfield, Sen Bob Dole, Henry Kissinger and a few others, but not VP Ford or others closely working with Nixon. That is fine, though as the tapes we get to listen to in part say enough of Nixon the man.
Sen Dole said it best that Nixon the persona overshadowed some of the laws that Nixon passed early in his administration: environmental laws and other seemingly-progressive laws that were later overlooked when Watergare came around. He would be considered a moderate-progressive to today's standard Republican and, according to Dole, never be nominated to the GOP. It makes one think of what could have happened had Nixon won the election in 1960 instead of Kennedy.
This is a nice addition to a presidential buff's personal library.
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An interesting DVD piece on the life of Richard M. Nixon.Published 20 months ago by John A. Jago, Jr.
The DVD "Nixon, A Presidency Revealed was outstanding. The History Channel DVD's are usually high quality and this one is NO exception to this rule.Published on July 31, 2012 by Charlotte L. Means
A worthwhile documentary but it could easily have been two discs focusing a lot more on Nixon's achievements than just one disc. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by James D. Bonar
This is a first class documentary about someone who could have been a first class President. Richard Nixon was as complex a man as any who ever occupied the Oval Office. Read morePublished on August 2, 2007 by Bernard Chapin
While this is a nice account, Nixon was not complicated, and could never be mistaken — EVER — as "brilliant." Thus his "tragic flaw. Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by Zaine Ridling