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President Nixon: Alone in the White House
Richard Reeves
0641670176

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The Arrogance of Power
Anthony Summers
0140260781
July 2001
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Anthony Summers is the past master of scandal, the man who brought you Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe and that unforgettable (alleged) eyewitness account of J. Edgar Hoover in a flouncy black dress. Greater experts than I must rule on Summers's exhaustively researched portrait of Richard Nixon, The Arrogance of Power, but it sure is one racy read. Summers depicts a Nixon stoned out of his mind on Seconal, single-malt Scotch, Dilantin, speed, and clinical paranoia, pummeling his wife, Pat (who was rumored to have once been rescued by the Secret Service from drunkenly drowning in a bathtub). Summers's Nixon apparently took Mickey Cohen Mob money to fund his anti-Semitic, salacious smear campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas to get his Senate start; framed Alger Hiss with a fake typewriter; traded gold for POWs...


Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
John W. Dean
031600023X
April 2004
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Book Review
The most facile presidential comparison one could make for George W. Bush would be his father, who presided over a war in Iraq and a struggling economy. Some "neocons" reject the parallel and compare Bush to his father's predecessor, Ronald Reagan, citing a plainspoken quality and a belief in deep tax cuts. But John Dean goes further back, seeing in Bush all the secrecy and scandal of Dean's former boss, the notorious Richard Nixon. The difference, as the title of Dean's book indicates, is that Bush is a heck of a lot worse. While the book provides insightful snippets of the way Nixon used to do business, it offers them to shed light on the practices of Bush. In Dean's estimation, the secrecy with which Bush and Dick Cheney govern is not merely a preferred system of management but an obsessive strategy meant to conceal a...


The Final Days
Bob Woodward
0743274067
Nov 2005
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Review
"Fascinating, macabre, mordant, melancholy, frightening..."-- Los Angeles Times
"An extraordinary work of reportage on the epic political story of our time."-- Newsweek
"Absolutely mesmerizing."-- Chicago Sun-Times
"Unprecedented...Mr. Nixon emerges as a tragic figure weathering a catastrophic ordeal...and weathering it with considerable courage and dignity."-- The New York Times
"The epic political story of our time."-- Newsweek

Book Description
The Final Days is the classic, behind-the-scenes account of Richard Nixon's dramatic last months as president. Moment by moment, Bernstein and Woodward portray the taut, post-Watergate White House as Nixon, his family, his staff, and many members of Congress strained desperately to prevent his inevitable resignation....


The Best Year of Their Lives: Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon in 1948: Learning the Secrets of Power
Lance Morrow
0465047238
March 2005
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Book Review
The Best Year of Their Lives is not a typical presidential biography in that it forgoes the comprehensive approach to history. Instead, Lance Morrow shows why 1948 was a watershed year not just for John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon personally, but for the nation as well. That is the year that Johnson, in his bid for the Senate, used huge sums of corporate money to bombard the media with lies about his opponent, finally stealing the election by 87 votes by having a ballot box stuffed (thus earning the nickname "Landslide Lyndon"). Had he lost, he would have arguably been out of politics forever and the course of history would have been changed. At the same time, Nixon, as a freshman congressman, launched his political career by using his seat on the House Un-American Activities Committee to relentlessly...


President Nixon
Richard Reeves
0743227190
Oct 2002
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Book Review
Drawing on thousands of pages of archival material and on interviews with surviving associates, presidential biographer Reeves paints a complex, sometimes disturbing portrait of the man forever enshrined as Tricky Dick.

"I have decided my major role is moral leadership," Nixon wrote in 1972 in one of his myriad memos to himself. (As Reeves writes, "Whatever else he accomplished, Richard Nixon produced more paper and tape than any president before or since.") That resolution quickly collapsed; instead, as the Vietnam War shaded into defeat and protests at home mounted, Nixon sank into a siege mentality, seeing himself as a lone crusader at war with the rest of the world. Reeves examines the cat-and-mouse quality of Nixon's relations with his inner circle and family, as well as the excruciating collapse of national...



Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill: A Treasury of More Than 1,000 Quotations and Anecdotes
James C. Humes
0060925779
January 1995
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Book Description

An extremely entertaining compendium of bon mots, anecdotes, and trivia about Winston Churchill from a leading Churchill lecturer and performer -- useful for speakers, students, of history, and World War II buffs, as well as general readers.

About the Author

James C. Humes is a lawyer and public speaker who has served in the White House, the State Department and the state legislature. He has written speeches for corporate executives, governors, senators and five U.S. presidents.



President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination
Richard Reeves
0743230221
December 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Celebrated journalist Reeves (President Nixon: Alone in the White House) takes the same vivid, fly-on-the-wall approach he's previously applied with such success to Nixon and Kennedy, and uses it just as skillfully to take us inside the administration, mind and character of Ronald Reagan. As usual, Reeves's omniscient form of narrative requires him to delve deeply into oral histories and other first-person accounts from key participants, mining them for details concerning scores of meetings, negotiations, pranks and tragedies. Reeves is particularly strong at portraying Reagan's almost organically intuitive approach to management. Here we have the Gipper's artful delegation of details along the road to fulfilling his short list of grand goals: the destruction of world communism, the...


Richard Nixon
Vamik D. Volkan
0231108559
Feb 1999
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From Library Journal
Historians who dismiss psychobiographies as psychobabble will now have to consider this reasoned case for applying psychoanalytic interpretation to the study of presidential leadership. Volkan (psychiatry, Univ. of Virginia) and Norman Itzkowitz, a historian with psychoanalytic training, along with Andrew W. Dod, a former student of Itzkowitz, present a thoughtful portrait of Nixon that in no small part attributes his motivations, accomplishments, and failures to the emotional deprivation and physical beatings he endured from his mother and father, respectively. The White House tapes, illustrating Nixon's narcissism, were installed to validate his lasting importance, while Watergate resulted from his paranoia?the need to go to any extreme to be number one. This illuminating portrait is counterbalanced by the...


Presidency of Richard Nixon
Melvin Small
0700612556
February 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In this installment of the University Press of Kansas's American Presidency series, Small joins the ranks of the many scholars who have attempted to know and understand Richard Nixon. He gently inverts the conventional wisdom that the Nixon presidency was more notable for its foreign policy than for its domestic achievements. As he tackles his subject with a topical rather than chronological approach, beginning with the Vietnam War, Small takes pains to present all of the domestic and global issues demanding the attention and affecting the decisions of Nixon and his staff at the time. While acknowledging the success of Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in China and the Soviet Union, Small damns the administration for its less-publicized forays in foreign policy, including American involvement in...


Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the Press
Louis W. Liebovich
0275979156
Jan 2003
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Review
“Press-presidential relations are inherently adversarial. They hit bottom during the Nixon presidency. In this pithy book, Liebovich (journalism, Univ. of Illinois) argues that Richard Nixon and his inner circle had from the outset of his presidency no intention of dealing with the media in a way that encouraged mutual respect or constructive dialogue. Instead, Nixon made "war against the press," not merely holding few press conferences and hiding information, but also lying, keeping files on reporters, and in some cases playing dirty tricks on them....No reader of this book can complete it without concluding that Nixon was the author of his own miseries....Recommended. College and university libraries.”–Choice
“[L]iebovich shows that a credible Watergate book doesn't have to be long. Recommended for...


Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
John W. Dean
0446694835
April 2005
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Book Review
The most facile presidential comparison one could make for George W. Bush would be his father, who presided over a war in Iraq and a struggling economy. Some "neocons" reject the parallel and compare Bush to his father's predecessor, Ronald Reagan, citing a plainspoken quality and a belief in deep tax cuts. But John Dean goes further back, seeing in Bush all the secrecy and scandal of Dean's former boss, the notorious Richard Nixon. The difference, as the title of Dean's book indicates, is that Bush is a heck of a lot worse. While the book provides insightful snippets of the way Nixon used to do business, it offers them to shed light on the practices of Bush. In Dean's estimation, the secrecy with which Bush and Dick Cheney govern is not merely a preferred system of management but an obsessive strategy meant to conceal a...


Richard M. Nixon
Betsy Ochester
0516229788
Mar 2005
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Richard M. Nixon
Robert Green
0756502810
Jan 2003
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Flying through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions over Laos during the Vietnam War
John T. Halliday
0743274881
October 2005
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Book Review
When John Halliday arrived at Thailand's Nakhon Phanom Air Base in 1970, he thought the next year would bore him out of his skull. He believed his mission in the Vietnam War would be to fly cargo around Thailand. What could be easier? A couple of nights later, Halliday found himself dodging dozens of anti-aircraft shells in an aging cargo plane over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Flying Through Midnight is his riveting account of his top-secret black-ops assignment--one of the most dangerous of the war.

Halliday flew slow propeller-driven relics at night deep into guerrilla territory in the "unofficial" war in Laos. His task with the 606th Special Operations Squadron was to help pinpoint guerrilla truck convoys for U.S. planes to bomb. Meanwhile, President Richard Nixon denied U.S. forces were fighting in Laos. Halliday wasn't...



Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet
James Mann
0143034898
September 2004
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Book Review
While campaigning for president in 2000, George W. Bush downplayed his lack of foreign policy experience by emphasizing that he would surround himself with a highly talented and experienced group of political veterans. This core group, consisting of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Rice, has a long history together dating back 30 years in some cases. Dubbing themselves the Vulcans, they have largely determined the direction and focus of the Bush presidency. In this remarkably researched and fascinating book, Mann traces their careers and the development of their ideas in order to understand how and why American foreign policy got to where it is today.

As Mann makes clear, there has never been perfect agreement between all parties, (the relationship between the...



Richard M. Nixon
Michael A. Schuman
0766020312
Aug 2003
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From School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Schuman opens with an account of Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972 and then covers his life, both personal and public, in chronological order. The author makes an obvious effort to be objective about his subject, admiring his ambition, perseverance, and stamina, but he also describes the man's flaws and weaknesses and gives readers a complete overview of the Watergate scandal. The final chapter discusses Nixon's legacy, drawing on both the positive and negative assessments of the historians who continue to debate his place in history. The author provides some background information and uses primary sources to give readers additional details. Average-quality black-and-white photos and reproductions of source documents add to the text. This book includes both the final years of Nixon's life and the...


Richard M. Nixon
Randy Schultz
0766051048
June 2003
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Card catalog description
A biography of the thirty-seventh president of the United States, describing his personal life and political career, including the Watergate scandal. Includes Internet links to Web sites, source documents, and photographs related to Richard Nixon.


31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today
Barry Werth
0385513801
April 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Two heavy hitters in the current administration—Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney—played roles of minor importance in the vital 31 days separating Richard Nixon's resignation and Gerald Ford's decision to pardon the disgraced leader. Rumsfeld served as ambassador to NATO and worked on the transition; Cheney was his deputy. Both were already well positioned for stellar careers, so it's hard to buy the argument proposed by Werth, author of the acclaimed The Scarlet Professor, that Ford's first month in office was the tumultuous staging area for power for these two power players. This quibble aside, Werth provides a balanced fly-on-the-wall account of the byzantine intrigues that defined the first weeks of Ford's accidental presidency. Such Nixon partisans as Al Haig, Ron Ziegler and Henry Kissinger engage...

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