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By Evan Thomas
“What used to be it relatively wish to be Richard Nixon? Evan Thomas tackles this interesting query by way of peeling again the layers of a guy pushed through a poignant mixture of optimism and worry. the result's either insightful heritage and an astonishingly compelling mental portrait.”[b]—Walter Isaacson, writer of Steve Jobs
Evan Thomas supplies the easiest single-volume biography of Richard Nixon thus far, a thorough, detailed portrait of a classy determine who used to be either determinedly positive and tragically wrong. the hot York occasions bestselling writer of Ike’s Bluff and Sea of Thunder, Thomas brings new existence to at least one of yankee history’s so much notorious, paradoxical, and enigmatic politicians, dishing out with myths to accomplish an intimate and evenhanded examine the particular man.
What drove a painfully shy outcast in elite Washington society—a guy so self-conscious he refused to make eye touch in the course of meetings—to pursue strength and public workplace? How did a president so attuned to the yank political identity that he received reelection in a old landslide lack the self-awareness to acknowledge the gaping personality flaws that will force him from place of work and perpetually taint his legacy?
In Being Nixon, Evan Thomas peels away the layers of the complicated, confounding determine who turned America’s thirty-seventh president. The son of religious Quakers, Richard Nixon (not not like his rival John F. Kennedy) grew up within the shadow of an older, favorite brother and thrived on clash and competition. via highschool and school, within the military and in politics, he was once always top crusades and struggling with off enemies actual and imagined. As maudlin as he was once Machiavellian, Nixon possessed the plainspoken eloquence to minimize American tv audiences to tears together with his career-saving “Checkers” speech; in the meantime, his darker part hatched schemes designed to take down his political foes, incomes him the infamous nickname “Tricky Dick.”
Drawing on a variety of ancient debts, Thomas unearths the contradictions of a pace-setter whose imaginative and prescient and foresight led him to accomplish détente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relatives with communist China, yet whose underhanded political strategies tainted his popularity lengthy earlier than the Watergate scandal. one of many central architects of the trendy Republican get together and its “silent majority” of disaffected whites and conservative ex-Dixiecrats, Nixon was once additionally deemed a liberal in a few quarters for his efforts to desegregate Southern faculties, create the Environmental safety corporation, and finish the draft.
A deeply insightful personality examine in addition to a super political biography, Being Nixon deals a stunning examine a guy in a position to nice bravery and awesome deviousness—a balanced portrait of a president too usually lowered to caricature.
Praise for Being Nixon
“Here in a single sharp and speedily written quantity is what you really need to understand in regards to the nice and terrible thirty-seventh President: How may possibly anyone so clever in regards to the global be so completely clueless approximately himself?”—Time
“[A] absolutely rounded portrait . . . Thomas has an outstanding eye for the telling quote and the humorous vignette, and his variety is eminently readable.”—The ny instances e-book Review
“Terrifically enticing . . . should be learn via an individual with a extra open brain concerning the oddest guy ever to occupy the Oval Office.”—Max Boot, The Wall road Journal
“Ambitious . . . There are well-crafted word-pictures of Nixon in the course of the narrative.”—Carl Bernstein, The Washington Post
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Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas