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Richard Nixon The Life

Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell

Washington Post review:

“Employing recently released government documents and oral histories, Farrell has written the best one-volume biography that we could expect about such a famously elusive subject.”

Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

NPR review:

“Even without eye-popping parallels on seemingly every other page, John Farrell’s book would be a top-tier political biography.”

Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.

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John A. Farrell is prize-winning biographer and his brilliance is again shown in this work on this Richard Nixon biography. Farrell show that the world that we now live in is one that Richard Nixon made through his dark, destructive visions.

Richard Nixon is gripping and an amazing portrayal of our darkest president. Farrell has done a magnificent job of researching his life and agendas and displaying his finding in this brilliantly crafted novel.

Returning from the Pacific at the end of WWII, navy lieutenant “Nick” Nixon set his sights on Congress with an idealistic dream to build a better world. The 1946 campaign was not one that showed Nixon’s finer qualities. Instead, it revealed his unapologetic ruthlessness in a postwar American where there was resentment and division.

Nixon was on a path toward presidency and he refused to allow anything to deter him from his path. Elected president in 1969, Nixon aspired to make his mark on the world and not just the nation, and so his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War.

His legacy left America divided and polarized. Although he was elected to end the war in Vietnam, he authorized the bombing of Cambodia and Laos.

This enraged the antiwar movement but Nixon was not done. He launched the McCarthy era and played white against black with a “southern strategy”. It was his ideologies that led to Americans looking at one another as enemies.

In August 1974, two years after the scandal of Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace.

Richard Nixon is an absolute must read.

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