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Richard Nixon: A Life from Beginning to End

Narrated by: Jonathan Rabe
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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He’s the president with the asterisk by his name: Richard Milhous Nixon, the only US president to resign from office. But Richard Nixon’s legacy to the history of the US is much more complicated than the scandal of Watergate. His is the classic story of American legend - a young man who rose from his humble roots to achieve power and influence.  

This audiobook will teach you about:

  • The “Have-Not” Nixon 
  • Nixon rising
  • Vice President
  • The Election of 1960
  • President at last
  • Watergate
  • Nixon in disgrace
  • Much more 

Nixon's story has tinges of Horatio Alger, but also of Machiavelli, and that may be the enigma of him, the student who was offered scholarships to Ivy League schools but couldn’t afford to go there, forever embedding within him the resentment against his political opponents, such as John F. Kennedy. Nixon was the politician who helped to bring the Republican Party back into power after the Roosevelt years, but who didn’t shy away from “dirty tricks” in order to win election. He was the dogged, diligent candidate who had his facts in order, but couldn’t compete on television with the telegenic JFK, the anti-communist who negotiated treaties with the Soviet Union and opened the door to China, the president who experienced abuse during the Watergate investigation, and the rehabilitated elder statesmen of American politics in the post-Watergate years. 

Was Nixon a villain or a hero? Meet the president whose personality consisted of conflicting layers of pragmatism, patriotism, and self-doubt, which caused a fall from grace that roiled American democracy.

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poor editing for the audiobook

the narrator spoke well however the editing left multiple attempts at sentences into the final production

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  • Layla
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  • 01-05-19

Great, concise and interesting

Tiny little flaws in the recording is the only reason this did not receive a perfect score. This was very informative!

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Not Bad, sort is a Fast Food Approach to a Nixon Biography

The content is good but the recording as it was put together gets stuck sometimes. It sounds like a scratch on an old 33 record with years ago. It repeats itself. The first time I heard it I thought it was done for emphasis. By the third time I realized it appears to be a production error.