Synopses & Reviews
Shortlisted for the 2015 Plutarch Award for Best Biography, and#8220;the most humanizing portrait of the Nixons weand#8217;re likely to haveand#8221; (Douglas Brinkley) is a sweeping depiction of the turbulent fifty-three-year marriage of Richard and Pat Nixon.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Americans remember the controversial Nixons, they usually focus on the political triumphs, the turbulent White House years, and the humiliating public downfall. But a very different image of the polarizing president emerges in this fascinating portrait of the relationship between Richard and Pat Nixon. Now, the coupleand#8217;s recently released love letters and other private documents reveal that as surely as unremitting adversity can fray the fabric of a marriage, devotion can propel it to surmount disgrace and defeat.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;Iandgt;Pat and Dickandlt;/Iandgt;, biographer Will Swift brings his years of experience as a historian and marital therapist to this unique examination of a long-misunderstood marriage. Nixon the man was enormously complicated: brilliant, insecure, sometimes coldly calculating, and capable of surprising affection with his wife. Much less is known about Pat. With the help of personal writings and interviews with family and friends, Swift unveils a woman who was warm and vivacious, yet much shrewder and more accomplished than she has been given credit for. From Dickand#8217;s unrelenting crusade to marry the glamorous teacher through the myriad crises of his political career, the Nixonsand#8217; story is filled with hopes and disappointments, both intimate and global.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Written by a leading presidential biographer who and#8220;narrates with grace and styleand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/Iandgt;), this remarkable biography shows us a couple who, despite their trials, managed to find the strength, courage, and resilience to sustain a true connection for more than half a century.
About the Author
Will Swift has written for more than twenty years on American leaders and British royalty of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of andlt;iandgt;The Roosevelts and the Royals andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Stormandlt;/iandgt;. A dynamic public speaker, Dr. Swift has been interviewed about political, presidential, and royal history on prominent radio stations across the country. He has been a featured speaker at presidential libraries and on CSPAN. He is also a founding board member of the Biographers International Organization. Dr. Swift has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist and marital therapist in Manhattan for more than thirty years. Visit him on the web atandnbsp;WillSwift.com andandnbsp;andlt;BRandgt;Facebook.com/PatAndDickTheNixonsAnIntimatePortraitOfAMarriage.