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Richard M. Nixon: The American Presidents Series: The 37th President, 1969-1974 kindle Ü The American Presidents Series read ó join or create book clubs Ç [Ebook] ➠ Richard M. Nixon: The American Presidents SeFten 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 rehabilitatio Having been born a generation after Nixon I can still say his influence can't be underestimated and is still felt to this day The goal of the American Presidents series is to discuss each president and his influence and Nixon is one who provides much to explore I feel the author did a good job of providing a detailed picture of Nixon and discussing the major aspects of his presidency Though I feel the author did have some bias towards Nixon I also feel that the author caused me to look at Nixon as a human being and have some compassion towards him rather then seeing him merely as the villain behind Watergate I enjoyed this book immensely

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N 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 uestions 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 wa Elizabeth Drew's biography of President Richard M Nixon is yet one entry in Arthur Schlesinger Jr's The American Presidents series One interesting wrinkle Other volumes in this series have suggested that the incessant critiue of certain presidents may have missed other aspects of their work that is not so negative The works on Warren Harding and Ulysses Grant come to mind One may well disagree with the authors but they provide sympathetic albeit realistic evaluations of their subjectsElizabeth Drew is pretty hard nosed in her biography of Nixon The final line is very different than other ill regarded presidents Page 151 His actions leave the historic uestion of whether this otherwise smart talented man but most peculiar and haunted of presidents was fit to occupy the most powerful office in the nation and large room for doubt that he wasThe biography begins with an euation of Nixon with a Shakespearean figure Pages 1 2 he brought us into his tragedy and made us go through it with him And the story begins with a childhood that was hard including a hard to please father and a distant mother He worked hard and his native intelligence served him well But he was himself a remote person and many of his peers didn't fully understand him After rather routine military service during World War II he began his political career soon after war's end He began with a victory in a House of Representatives race and then for one of California's Senate seats His campaign style was hard nosed and brought him the nickname of Tricky DickThrough a series of circumstances he was named as Ike's Vice Presidential running mate in 1952 There follows the story of his career as VEEP his defeat by John Kennedy in 1960 and his subseuent defeat when he ran for governor of California in 1962 His political career seemed over Nixon himself said in a press conference when he famously mentioned that page 18 You don't have Nixon to kick around any But he began his rise to president shortly thereafter as he worked tirelessly for the Republican Party and its candidates In 1968 he was rewarded with the party's nomination and his subseuent electionThen his presidency Drew related his domestic successes and failures as well as his foreign policy successes and failures And how his tortured persona affected him including excessive drinking There are occasions that I think Drew too harsh For instance Nixon may not himself have been serious about his Family Assistance Plan but this was an innovative effort to attack poverty that still intrigues today His trip to China and his negotiations with the Soviet Union and the development of the concept of detente were important whatever one thinks of the wisdom of such decisions they do represent major achievements And then the loss of everything with Watergate But the road to Watergate was presaged by many other actions So an interesting read of Richard Nixon Sometimes I think it uite harsh On the other hand history has not redeemed his presidency and he still stands as an example of how personal demons can affect a presidency A useful biography of Richard Nixon in short and one

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Richard M Nixon The American Presidents Series The 37th President 1969 1974The complex man at the center of America's most self destructive presidencyIn 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 o How to explain the Nixon presidency? The incredible highs and the incredible lows—detente with China and Russia Vietnam the landslide reelection Watergate and the forced resignation from office How to explain the man himself? Author Elizabeth Drew gives it a good try I didn’t always agree with her subjective analysis but I respect her intelligence and her honesty in calling it as she sees it “Nixon was our most Shakespearean president” she writes “He brought us into tragedy and made us go through it with him” In keeping with The American Presidency series her book a relatively short 151 pages but detailed account of the Nixon White House years If you’re looking for a concise and critical account of Nixon’s presidency look no further; this is itNixon endured a difficult and lonely childhood His father was a mean spirited hothead and his mother emotionally withdrawn Both were stinting in their praise of their son’s exceptional achievements in school—an A student with a knack for leadership He was offered a scholarship to Harvard but his parents could not afford the other expenses of sending him there He graduated from Whittier College in the town where he lived and attended law school at Duke University He joined a law firm and married Thelma Pat Ryan With the advent of World War II he volunteered as a lieutenant in the Navy served in the Pacific but didn’t see combat Among fellow officers he was terrific at poker a game that rewarded risk and a gift for bluffing—traits Nixon would use to full advantage in his life of politicsNixon’s political rise revealed a contempt for those whom he perceived as social elites and the privileged Jerry Voorhis his opponent in an election for a seat in the House of Representatives; Alger Hiss an alleged Soviet agent whom Nixon brought before the House Un American Activities for uestioning Hiss was convicted for perjury and sent to prison; and Helen Gahagan Douglas Nixon’s opponent in a race for the US Senate Against them Nixon was utterly ruthless in his attacks He called Helen Gahagan Douglas the “pink lady” a not so subtle attempt to paint her as a communist sympathizer; in turn she fashioned the moniker that would haunt Nixon the rest of his life—“Tricky Dick”General Dwight Eisenhower picked him as his running mate in the 1952 presidential election but there was no love lost between the two Nixon did Ike’s bidding in the dirty business of partisan politics but felt unappreciated The final indignity was Ike’s lukewarm endorsement of Nixon in the 1960 presidential election Nixon lost in a tight race He felt he’d been cheated in two states known for voter fraud—Illinois and Texas—states which had he carried them would have made him president He didn’t contest the results Instead he remained silent and deeply embittered His loss in the 1962 California gubernatorial race left him particularly embittered with the press whom he believed was out to get himNixon ran for president in 1968 and won in an election that mostly had been a referendum on the unpopular Vietnam War While campaigning Nixon allud