Synopses & Reviews
Who was Richard Nixon? The most amazing thing about the man was not what he did as president, but that he became president at all. Using thousands of new interviews and recently discovered or declassified documents and tapes, Richard Reeves's andlt;Iandgt;President Nixonandlt;/Iandgt; offers a surprising portrait of a brilliant and contradictory man. andlt;BRandgt; Even as he dreamed of presidential greatness, Nixon could trust no one. His closest aides 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. Reeves shows a presidency doomed from the start by paranoia and corruption, beginning with Nixon and Kissinger using the CIA to cover up a murder by American soldiers in Vietnam that led to the theft and publication of the Pentagon Papers, then to secret counterintelligence units within the White House itself, and finally to the burglaries and cover-up that came to be known as Watergate. andlt;Iandgt;President Nixonandlt;/Iandgt; is the astonishing story of a complex political animal who was as praised as he was reviled and who remains a subject of controversy to this day.
Bob Woodward Author of andlt;Iandgt;Maestroandlt;/Iandgt; A wealth of information that makes the absolute convincing case that Nixon was not just alone but isolated, walled off, and even lonely. May we never again have a president so cut off from the rest of humanity. It is a haunting story that no reader will ever forget.
Rick Perlstein andlt;Iandgt;The New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/Iandgt; Reeves [is] a researcher of high standards and a writer whose paragraphs can read like delicacies....It's hard to think of a better introduction to [Nixon] and his presidency.
Walter Isaacson Author of andlt;Iandgt;Kissinger: A Biographyandlt;/Iandgt; Reeves has once again succeeded in making a presidency come alive....[Captures] Nixon's brooding and lonely personality as well as his subtle mind. With a wealth of color about key days and decisions, the book shows what it is really like to be president.
David Maraniss Author of andlt;Iandgt;When Pride Still Matteredandlt;/Iandgt; [Places] the reader inside the lonely world of President Nixon, day after day, like no one has before....There are hundreds of surprises here for even the most obsessed Nixon watchers.
In a rich and revealing chronicle, Reeves draws on thousands of new interviews and previously undisclosed materials to document why Richard Nixon's presidency was doomed from the start. The book offers a stunning, definitive account of a lonely, deeply troubled President who launched a coup against both democracy and his own administration. photos.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Richard Reevesandlt;/bandgt; is the author of presidential bestsellers, including andlt;iandgt;President Nixonandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;President Kennedyandlt;/iandgt;, acclaimed as the best nonfiction book of the year by andlt;iandgt;Timeandlt;/iandgt; magazine. A syndicated columnist and winner of the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Award, he lives in New York and Los Angeles.