In the Arena

  • by Richard Nixon
  • Narrated by Richard Nixon
  • 3 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Former U.S. President Richard Nixon candidly reflects on his career and discusses such topics as the USSR., Mikhail Gorbachev, secrecy, Watergate, and more.


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Nixon the man.

Too often, people assume to know celebrities and political figures based on the picture of them the media has presented you. We, being the busy folks we are, might benefit from taking the time to meet our leaders and learn who they are. Leaders are often condemned for making the decisions we insist they make. Hearing Richard M. Nixon tell his own story makes the experience akin to listening to your grandfather spin a yarn about the old days. His deep timbre and disciplined meter make for a peaceful and pleasing listen. If you've ever been curious about the real story of Nixon, for once, hear his side uninterrupted, undistorted, and unforgettable.
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- Michael

Great insight

What made the experience of listening to In the Arena the most enjoyable?

The fact that the audio book was narrated by Nixon himself made listening to this story much more intimate. It felt like he was personally telling me this story.

What other book might you compare In the Arena to and why?

I would recommend his first memoir. 'In the Arena' is the sequel to his first original memoir.

What does Richard Nixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nixon brings to the story all the weight of his experiences via his voice. You can hear a man who is genuine in his sorrow for the mistakes he has made, but also proud of his accomplishments.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The parts of the book where he was saying that he was reluctant to get life-saving surgery after his resignation goes to show you that Nixon was truly sorry for what he did or didn't do regarding Watergate and the emotional trauma he suffered through the harassment by people and press after he resigned the presidency.

Any additional comments?

Richard Nixon is America's tragic hero. Easily the most misunderstood president in this nations history. It is unfortunate that people will only ever remember Nixon for Watergate and not the many other accomplishments he achieved in his political career.

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- Clay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-23-2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio