Richard Nixon : The Life
by John A. Farrell
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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From a prize-winning biographer comes the portrait definition of a man who led America to a time of upheaval and left us a darker ageWe live today, John AFarrell shows, in a world of Richard Nixon madeAt the end of World War II, Lieutenant Navy “Nick” Nixon returned from the Pacific and his entire cap to Congress, an idealist dreamer seeking to build a better worldYet in the midst of the towers of this now legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon is finer attributes without complex gave the crueltyThe story of this transformation is the superb opening of John AFarrell’s masterly biography of the president who came to embody the post-war America of resentment and divisionWithin four years of his first victory, Nixon was a United States senator; in six, the vice president of the United States of America”A few came so far, so fast, and so, on his own,” Farrell writesNixon’s sins as candidates are legion; and, in an illicit plot secret, as Farrell reveals here, Nixon acted so as to prolong the Vietnam War for his own political endsFinally elected president in 1969, Nixon baskets to his staff, with brilliant young men who designed pioneering reforms in medical care, welfare, civil rights, and environmental protectionIt was a good legacy, but Nixon cared little for her.He aspired to make his mark on the world scene instead, and his 1972 opening of China was the first great crack in the Cold WarNixon had another heritage: a divided and polarized AmericaHe was elected to end the Vietnam War, but his bombing of Cambodia and Laos furious, the peace movementIt was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who played the white against the black with a “southern strategy,” and incited the Silent Majority, to despise and distrust the elite countriesNever insecure and increasingly paranoid, he convinced the Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances–and to look at each other as enemiesFinally, in August 1974, after two years of fascinating intrigue and
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