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The Resource Richard M. Nixon, Elizabeth Drew

Richard M. Nixon, Elizabeth Drew

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Richard M. Nixon
Title
Richard M. Nixon
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Drew
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The complex man at the center of America's most self-destructive presidency. In this revelatory assessment of the only president ever forced out of office, Washington journalist Drew explains how Nixon's troubled inner life offers the key to understanding his presidency. She shows how Nixon was surprisingly indecisive on domestic issues and often wasn't interested in them. Turning to international affairs, she reveals the inner workings of Nixon's complex relationship with Henry Kissinger, and their mutual rivalry and distrust. The Watergate scandal that ended his presidency was both an overreach of executive power and the inevitable result of his paranoia and passion for vengeance. Even Nixon's post-presidential rehabilitation was motivated by a consuming desire for respectability, and he succeeded through his remarkable resilience. While giving him credit for his achievements, Drew questions whether such a man--beleaguered, suspicious, and motivated by resentment and paranoia--was fit to hold America's highest office.--From publisher description
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Review
The Richard Nixon portrayed by Drew (former Washington correspondent, The New Yorker; Washington Journal: The Events of 1973–74 ) is not the progressive but flawed leader of Joan Hoff's Nixon Reconsidered and Stephen Ambrose's three-volume Nixon biography. Instead, Nixon is an "improbable" president, introverted and paranoid. Concise, informative, and clearly written, this brief political biography shares qualities with the other volumes in the "American Presidents" series. Drew pays little attention to Nixon's traumatic childhood and his fast, ruthless rise from House member to senator to vice president. Most of the book describes Nixon's foreign policies and his political death in Watergate. Drew credits Nixon for the U.S. détente with the former Soviet Union, the opening of China, and his environmental policies. However, his failure to end the Vietnam War in 1969, which would have spared the lives of 20,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Southeast Asians, and his need to destroy his enemies made him an unfit president, claims Drew. A discussion of Operation Wizard, Nixon's successful attempt to rehabilitate his post-Watergate reputation, concludes this excellent Nixon overview. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/07.]—Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA --Karl Helicher (Reviewed May 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 9, p97)
Biography type
individual biography
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262421
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DLC
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Drew, Elizabeth
Dewey number
  • 973.924092
  • B
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
E856
LC item number
.D74 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
The American presidents
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  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Presidents
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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Richard M. Nixon, Elizabeth Drew
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-172) 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
Control code
636397
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 187 pages
Isbn
9780805069631
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006051914
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805069631
  • (OCoLC)77572670
Label
Richard M. Nixon, Elizabeth Drew
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-172) 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
Control code
636397
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 187 pages
Isbn
9780805069631
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006051914
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805069631
  • (OCoLC)77572670

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