The Resource Richard Nixon : the life, John A. Farrell

Richard Nixon : the life, John A. Farrell

Label
Richard Nixon : the life
Title
Richard Nixon
Title remainder
the life
Statement of responsibility
John A. Farrell
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"At the end of World War II, navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returned from the Pacific and set his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now-legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. The story of that transformation is the stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial biography of the president who came to embody postwar American resentment and division. Within four years of his first victory, Nixon was a U.S. senator; in six, the vice president of the United States of America. "Few came so far, so fast, and so alone," Farrell writes. Nixon's sins as a candidate were legion; and in one unlawful secret plot, as Farrell reveals here, Nixon acted to prolong the Vietnam War for his own political purposes. Finally elected president in 1969, Nixon packed his staff with bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, welfare, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. He was elected to end the war in Vietnam, but his bombing of Cambodia and Laos enraged the antiwar movement. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who played white against black with a "southern strategy," and who spurred the Silent Majority to despise and distrust the country's elites. Ever insecure and increasingly paranoid, he persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances--and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the mesmerizing intrigue and scandal of Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace. This is a gripping and unsparing portrayal of our darkest president. Meticulously researched, brilliantly crafted, and offering fresh revelations, it will be hailed as a masterwork."--Jacket
Summary
An extensively researched portrait of the 37th president by the biographer of Clarence Darrow traces Nixon's early political ambitions in his post-military years, his early achievements as a senator and vice president and his forward-thinking ideas in health care, poverty, civil rights, the environment and foreign affairs
Tone
Writing style
Award
American History Book Prize, 2017.
Biography type
individual biography
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10554523
Cataloging source
DLC
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Farrell, John A.
Dewey number
  • 973.924092
  • 920
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E856
LC item number
.F37 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Presidents
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Politics and government
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the life
Label
Richard Nixon : the life, John A. Farrell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [689] - 699) 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
1760933
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
737 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385537353
Lccn
2016049856
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385537353
  • (OCoLC)956960351
Label
Richard Nixon : the life, John A. Farrell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [689] - 699) 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
1760933
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
737 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385537353
Lccn
2016049856
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385537353
  • (OCoLC)956960351

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