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Interesting biography of a controversial political figure. As a liberal, I found it more appealing than I had anticipated.
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Perhaps others have been unfairly negative to Nixon. This book goes the other way -- it glosses over his imperfections, and, as a result, makes him a much less interesting person. I certainly was no fan of Nixon's in the 70's but very much enjoyed his autobiography and found that he made a very good ex-president.
For example, this author actually blames long hair and rock and roll for Watergate! He excuses Nixon's negative campaigning by saying, in effect, the other side started it. Aitken blames Watergate on Nixon's aides who supposedly limited access to Nixon -- but why did Nixon allow this? Aitken never tells us.
The narration is good; there are some accents to differentiate speakers -- such as Kennedy and LBJ; and since I have not read a lot of biographies of Nixon, I cannot say whether a whole book on what a great guy Nixon was is really warranted. Certainly, he was flawed; but Aitken seems to think the main flaw was that he trusted too much; where most people think he trusted too little. Just as certainly, Nixon was able to accomplish quite a bit, at least with regard to foreign policy; and the book points out some successes with domestic policy as well.
In sum, the book paints a flattering caraciture of Nixon, but fails to show his complexities.
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