Being Nixon (Hardback)Evan Thomas (author)
Hardback 656 Pages / Published: 13/08/2015
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"Once you get into this great stream of history, you can't get out." -- Richard Nixon What drove a painfully shy introvert and outcast in elite Washington society -- so self-conscious he preferred telephone calls to meetings -- to pursue power and public office, and how did these same qualities presage his incredible downfall? The grandson of a devout Quaker, Richard Nixon grew up in the shadow of an older, favored brother, lived in a tool shed while he studied law at Duke, and thrived off of conflict and opposition. From high school to college, in the Army and in politics, he was constantly finding causes and fighting his enemies. Hammy and occasionally over-sentimental, Nixon would reduce US audiences to tears with his famous "Checkers" speech despite his notorious "Tricky Dick" nickname. Arguably the architect of the modern Republican party and its "silent majority," Nixon was also deemed a liberal for his work desegregating southern schools, creating the Environmental Protection Agency, and ending the draft. Balancing a wide range of historical accounts, bestselling author Evan Thomas reveals the complexities and contradictions behind the politician whose vision and foresight led him to achieve detente with the Soviet Union and open China -- but whose use of underhanded political tactics earned him a reputation as a schemer long before the Watergate scandal. The result is a surprising, engaging look at a man capable of great bravery and extraordinary deviousness: a balanced and often surprising look at our most infamous president.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 986 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 40 mm
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