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The Resource Richard M. Nixon : a life in full, Conrad Black

Richard M. Nixon : a life in full, Conrad Black

Label
Richard M. Nixon : a life in full
Title
Richard M. Nixon
Title remainder
a life in full
Statement of responsibility
Conrad Black
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Recently convicted of mail fraud and obstruction of justice, former Hollinger International chairman and newspaper magnate Black (Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom ) is better positioned than most men to chronicle the power and disgrace experienced by Richard Nixon. Black is a versatile and thorough biographer who brings not only sympathy but eloquent clarity to his task. The result is a vibrant narrative of personal and political accomplishment that, though great and heroically achieved, was often marred by self-inflicted wounds springing from personal paranoia. Black is at his best portraying the many contradictions in Nixon's personal makeup and political history. The Nixon who most fascinates Black is the firebrand cold warrior who (in partnership with Henry Kissinger) went on to invent the notion of detente and eventually opened relations with China. As Black shows, Nixon's duality followed him into his postpresidential years. The tireless son of Quakers methodically sought after Watergate to rebuild his reputation as a statesman by issuing carefully crafted publications and granting strategically timed interviews. Black's superb volume, incorporating much new research, is an important and worthy addition to the literature. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 24, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 38, p56)
  • A lively, hugely sympathetic biography of possibly the most intriguing man to occupy the Oval Office. Following his comprehensive treatment of FDR, Black (Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, 2005, etc.) turns to the only other man who five times faced a nationwide electorate, who dominated, for better or worse, the second half of America's 20th-century politics, much as Roosevelt towered over the first. By 1962, Nixon—not yet 50 and already a war veteran, lawyer, nationally famous congressman, senator and two-time vice president—had lost the closest presidential election in American history and a subsequent race for California governor. But the world had only begun to hear from him. He was acutely intelligent, emotionally awkward, deeply insecure and strangely mechanical in his actions, but it was his sheer relentlessness that accounted for his astonishing career. From his hardball campaigns, to his pursuit of Alger Hiss, to the Checkers speech that kept him on the Eisenhower ticket, to his kitchen debate with Khrushchev and his TV face-offs with JFK, to his infamous "last press conference," to his White House comeback, Nixon, the era's foremost Cold Warrior, battled fiercely. As Black tells it, by the tumultuous late '60s, Nixon had accumulated an army of enemies in the liberal establishment only too happy, once he "gave them a sword" in the form of the Watergate scandal, to bring him down. Throughout, the author views Nixon as more sinned against than sinning. Though he balances the record in many important respects, he claims too much for his subject: that "Nixon, more than anyone, pulled the rug out from under [McCarthy]," that the 37th president valiantly championed civil rights, that his post-presidential resurrection was indeed successful. Nixon certainly had his share of presidential triumphs—the opening to China foremost among them—but it seems unlikely that the only man ever to resign the office will one day achieve the "near great" status Black accords him. Nonetheless, Nixon's complex character and his contentious times leave plenty of room for the version of events offered here.A massively detailed and generous assessment of a seemingly imperishable politician whose controversial career insures that this won't be the last word. (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2007)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
212174
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Black, Conrad
Dewey number
  • 973.924092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E856
LC item number
.B53 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Presidents
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a life in full
Label
Richard M. Nixon : a life in full, Conrad Black
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 1095-1107) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The meteoric rise: 1913-1953 -- One of the common people: 1913-1945 -- Into the Arena: 1945-1950 -- Vertical ascent: 1950-1952 -- The travails of the fox: 1952-1953 -- The ordeal of ambition: 1953-1968 -- The chief apprentice: 1953-1956 -- The regent and the striver: 1956-1959 -- Defeat and endurance: 1959-1963 -- The triumph of survival: 1963-1968 -- The pursuit of peace: 1968-1972 -- Tumult and victory: 1968-1969 -- The silent majority: 1969-1970 -- Calming the nation: 1970-1971 -- Waging peace: 1971-1972 -- The indestructible man and myth: 1972- -- The pinnacle: 1972 -- The precipice: 1972-1973 -- The inferno: 1973-1974 -- The transfiguration: 1974-1994
Control code
651318
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 1152 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781586485191
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007034530
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781586485191
  • (OCoLC)154699029
Label
Richard M. Nixon : a life in full, Conrad Black
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 1095-1107) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The meteoric rise: 1913-1953 -- One of the common people: 1913-1945 -- Into the Arena: 1945-1950 -- Vertical ascent: 1950-1952 -- The travails of the fox: 1952-1953 -- The ordeal of ambition: 1953-1968 -- The chief apprentice: 1953-1956 -- The regent and the striver: 1956-1959 -- Defeat and endurance: 1959-1963 -- The triumph of survival: 1963-1968 -- The pursuit of peace: 1968-1972 -- Tumult and victory: 1968-1969 -- The silent majority: 1969-1970 -- Calming the nation: 1970-1971 -- Waging peace: 1971-1972 -- The indestructible man and myth: 1972- -- The pinnacle: 1972 -- The precipice: 1972-1973 -- The inferno: 1973-1974 -- The transfiguration: 1974-1994
Control code
651318
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 1152 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781586485191
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007034530
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781586485191
  • (OCoLC)154699029

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