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Richard M. Nixon: The American Presidents Series: The 37th President, 1969-1974

Richard M. Nixon: The American Presidents Series: The 37th President, 1969-1974

(Book #37 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: Richard M. Nixon: The American Presidents Series: The 37th President, 1969-1974

The complex man at the center of America's most self-destructive presidency: Richard M. Nixon.

In this provocative and revelatory assessment of the only president ever forced out of office, the legendary Washington journalist Elizabeth Drew explains how Richard M. Nixon's troubled inner life offers the key to understanding his presidency. She shows how Nixon was surprisingly indecisive on domestic issues and often wasn't interested in them. Turning to international affairs, she reveals the inner workings of Nixon's complex relationship with Henry Kissinger, and their mutual rivalry and distrust. The Watergate scandal that ended his presidency was at once an overreach of executive power and the inevitable result of his paranoia and passion for vengeance.

Even Nixon's post-presidential rehabilitation was motivated by a consuming desire for respectability, and he succeeded through his remarkable resilience. Through this book we finally understand this complicated man. While giving him credit for his achievements, Drew questions whether such a man--beleaguered, suspicious, and motivated by resentment and paranoia--was fit to hold America's highest office, and raises large doubts that he was.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2007-05-29
EditionFirst Edition
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Elizabeth Drew, widely acclaimed as a prominent author and political commentator, has been instrumental in elucidating US political scenes through her eloquent writing. Her affiliation with The New Yorker and The Washington Post solidified her reputation while her insightful analyses earned her a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her pen captured key moments in history, from chronicling Nixon’s downfall in her book 'Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall' to dialogues between American presidents in 'The Presidential Election and Transition'. Drew’s authoritative voice and distinctive narrative style provide readers with an in-depth exploration of American politics. Drew is a graduate of Wellesley College and contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books. Recognized for her lucid and thought-provoking works, she continues to influence readers and journalists globally, demonstrating the vital role of writing in understanding and interpreting political landscapes.

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