No one can dispute the fact that Richard M. Nixon’s life story is immensely engaging and that his place in the scheme of modern history will always be a landmark. Stephen E. Ambrose offers a balanced, unflinching portrait of one of our most complex and puzzling chief executives at the apogee of his career, rebounding from defeat to an innovative, high-risk presidency, already sowing the seeds of his ruin.
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"If there is a better historian than Stephen Ambrose at work on the events and personalities of our time, that person has not been discovered. Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician is the most accurate and compelling volume on Richard Nixon’s tempestuous decade of defeat, resurrection and disaster." (Hugh Sidey, American journalist and New York Times best-selling author)
"Most previous biographies of Nixon have either been admiring political studies or hatchet jobs by obvious enemies. Ambrose rights both their wrongs…. Masterful biography." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The author writes disarmingly…. He offers a more rounded and detailed view of Richard M. Nixon - his instinctive reactions, patterns of thought, prejudices, convictions, and accomplishments - than has yet been published…. A thorough analysis." (Publishers Weekly)
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I enjoyed listening to this account of the critical part of Nixon’s career as a politician. Ambrose writes as an historian should – presenting the facts with a neutral perspective. Something rare among those who write about this man. What happened during this period is provably familiar to most, but this account provides a fair narrative of things from Nixon’s perspective.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing about Nixon (like most Presidents of this era) is the way they run the country with a small cadre of unelected advisers. Nixon and Johnson directed the Vietnam War, yet had no military experience. Nixon wanted to appoint John Connally to be secretary of defense even though he had no relevant experience. In the end it was all about politics..
That Nixon was a flawed man is a given. It’s all here. But what is also here is an example of how a politician needs to make premises he can’t keep and say things he doesn’t believe in – in order to get elected. Very relevant at the moment…
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