One Man Against the World

One Man Against the World

The Tragedy of Richard Nixon

Book - 2015
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Draws on recently declassified documents to chronicle one of the most disastrous presidencies in U.S. history, presenting a portrait of a brilliant man overcome by his deep insecurities and his distrust of his cabinet, Congress, and the American people.
Here is the first history of President Richard Nixon covering all of his secret tapes and documents, many declassified in the past two years. Award-winning journalist Tim Weiner presents a devastating portrait of a tortured and tormented man, showing how, in Nixon's mind, the conflict in Vietnam and the crimes of Watergate were one war, fought on two fronts. He trusted no one--not his Cabinet, not his closest advisers, not the American people. Elected to unite a nation as discordant as it was at the close of the Civil War, Nixon disdained domestic policies and programs. He wanted above all to create what he called "a generation of peace"--by asking the world's leading Communist dictators to help him end the Vietnam War. He saw antiwar American citizens as opponents no less dangerous than the enemy in Vietnam. Gripped by rage and insomnia, he fought his foes without mercy. Abroad, his best weapons were B-52 bombers. At home, he used undercover agents, warrantless wiretaps, break-ins, and burglaries. Almost all his presidency is recorded on tape or preserved on paper, creating a remarkable record of the most intimate and damning conversations. Only recently, after forty years of struggle, has much of this jaw-dropping information been made public. Nixon saw himself not only as the leader of the free world but "the world leader"--yet he was addicted to the gutter politics that ruined him. His political suicide has no equal in American history. --Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627790833
1627790837
Characteristics: xi, 369 pages ; 25 cm

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rpavlacic
Jan 18, 2016

Wow. Another book about how Machiavellian and manipulative Richard Nixon was, based on newly declassified tapes. The weird thing is, if there hadn't been that recording system, Nixon would have gotten away with it. The only new thing here is that he changed his mind three times about resigning before he finally made that his course. Readable as a history, but boring.

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StarGladiator
Jan 11, 2016

There were four people involved in the murder of President John F. Kennedy, who would later become president, Lyndon Johnson [in Dallas that day, and about to be investigated and indicted], George H.W. Bush [also in Dallas that day, but has amnesia when asked about it], Gerald Ford [on the Warren Commission, will write silly stuff about a magic bullet], and Richard Nixon [also in Dallas]. Since 1963, there has been no legitimate government in the USA, and will not be until that day has been fully revealed, but they choose to continue to keep the documents classified!

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Nov 04, 2015

As an avid student of the Nixon presidency, I'm always eager to see what new information and insight can be added to the discussion over his controversial time in office. Unfortunately, you won't find it in this book as the author simply retreads every left-wing cliche about Richard Nixon. But more shocking is that he writes as if his presidency took place in a vacuum, not providing any context to the the sorts of dirty tricks that took place from FDR to LBJ. So if you were an alien who came down from outer space and read this book, you would think that wiretaps, bribes and enemies lists began the day of Nixon's inauguration, when the reality is that they were deeply embedded into US politics long before the 37th president first entered the political arena. If you want to learn more about Nixon, I would recommend books by Conrad Black, Pat Buchanan, Richard Reeves and Stephen Ambrose, which are far superior to this hatchet job.

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