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President Nixon: Alone in the White House

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Who was Richard Nixon? The most amazing thing about the man was not what he "did" as president, but that he "became" president. In "President Nixon, " Richard Reeves has used thousands of new interviews and recently discovered or declassified documents and tapes — including Nixon's tortured memos to himself and unpublished sections of H. R. Haldeman's diaries — to offer a nuanced and surprising portrait of the brilliant and contradictory man alone in the White House.

"President Nixon" is a startling narrative of a desperately introverted man who dreamed of becoming the architect of his times. Late at night, he sat upstairs in the White House writing notes to himself on his yellow pads, struggling to define himself and his goals: "Compassionate, Bold, New, Courageous...Zest for the job (not lonely but awesome). Goals — reorganized govt...Each day a chance to do something memorable for someone. Need to be good to do good...Need for joy, serenity, confidence, inspiration."

But downstairs he was building a house of deception. He could trust no one because in his isolation he thought other people were like him. He governed by secret orders and false records, memorizing scripts for public appearances and even for one-on-one meetings with his own staff and cabinet. His principal assistants, Haldeman and Henry Kissinger, spied on him as he spied on them, while cabinet members, generals, and admirals spied on all of them — rifling briefcases and desks, tapping each other's phones in a house where no one knew what was true anymore.

Nixon's first aim was to restore order in an America at war with itself over Vietnam. But in fact he prolonged the fighting there, lying systematically about what was happening both in the field and in the peace negotiations. He startled the world by going to communist China and seeking detente with the Soviet Union — and then secretly persuaded Mao and Brezhnev to lie for him to protect petty White House secrets. Still, he was a man of vision, imagining a new world order, trying to stall the deadly race war he believed was inevitable between the West, including Russia, and Asia, led by China and Japan. At home, he promised welfare reform, revenue sharing, drug programs, and environmental protection, and he presided, reluctantly, over the desegregation of public schools — all the while declaring that domestic governance was just building outhouses in Peoria.

Reeves shows a presidency doomed from the start. It begins with Nixon and Kissinger using the CIA to cover up a 1969 murder by American soldiers in Vietnam that led to the theft and publication of the Pentagon Papers, then to secret counterintelligence units in the White House and finally to the burglaries and cover-up that came to be known as Watergate.

Richard Reeves's "President Nixon" will stand as the authoritative account of Nixon in the White House. It is an astonishing story.

About the Author

Richard Reeves is the author of President Kennedy: Profile of Power, acclaimed as the authoritative volume on that presidency and named Non-Fiction Book of the Year by Time magazine in 1993. He is a syndicated columnist and winner of the 1998 American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Prize. His documentary films have won Emmy, Columbia DuPont, and Peabody awards.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

Prologue: August 9, 1974

  1. January 21, 1969
  2. February 23, 1969
  3. March 17, 1969
  4. April 15, 1969
  5. June 19, 1969
  6. July 20, 1969
  7. August 8, 1969
  8. October 15, 1969
  9. December 8, 1969
  10. January 22, 1970
  11. April 8, 1970
  12. April 30, 1970
  13. May 4, 1970
  14. June 30, 1970
  15. September 23, 1970
  16. November 3, 1970
  17. December 31, 1970
  18. March 29, 1971
  19. June 12, 1971
  20. June 30, 1971
  21. August 12, 1971
  22. August 15, 1971
  23. September 8, 1971
  24. October 21, 1971
  25. December 16, 1971
  26. January 2, 1972
  27. January 25, 1972
  28. February 22, 1972
  29. April 7, 1972
  30. May 1, 1972
  31. May 15, 1972
  32. June 17, 1972
  33. June 23, 1972
  34. August 22, 1972
  35. November 7, 1972
  36. December 19, 1972
  37. January 23, 1973
  38. March 23, 1973
  39. April 30, 1973
Epilogue

Notes

Bibliographic Essay

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684802312
Subtitle:
Alone in the White House
Author:
Reeves, Richard
Author:
Richard Reeves
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Historical - U.S.
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Historical - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20011113
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in 37.008 oz

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