Nixon, Volume II (Magill's Literary Annual 1990)
Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, 1962-1972 covers the ten-year period from Richard Nixon’s press conference following his defeat in the California gubernatorial race by Edmund “Pat” Brown (November 7, 1962) to his landslide reelection victory over South Dakota Senator George McGovern (November 7, 1972). In documenting what some have called the most remarkable political comeback in modern American history (Nixon himself liked to compare it with Winston Churchill’s), Stephen Ambrose continues the project he began with Nixon: The Education of a Politician, 1913- 1962 (1987). Here, as in that previous volume, the emphasis is very much on Nixon the public figure. Ambrose claims not to understand the inner Nixon; his stated objective is to explore what Nixon did rather than why he did it.
The author of a dozen previous books dealing with military and diplomatic history, readable if somewhat pedestrian in style, Ambrose is perhaps best known for a two-volume biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower. As Ambrose sees it, the contrasts between the genial Ike and the abrasive Nixon could not have been greater. The general loved life; Nixon seemed unable to relax Eisenhower was not without guile, but Nixon made Machiavellian tactics a hallmark of his career. While president, Ike had little use for Nixon except to deflect criticism from the...
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