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I was a senior is HS when Nixon resigned in 74. I felt betrayed , then, because I felt he had lied to the American people. I was always, however, impressed with Nixon's accomplishments and his ability to always fight back and return. This book is about Nixon's post-watergate re-emergence. I found the book very interesting, especially the areas where Nixon worked behind the scenes in politics and world affairs. The portion dealing with his relationships and the death of his wife was especially poignant. Nixon's need to be remembered, and not for Watergate, was a driving force as he saw his end on the horizon.
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I have no idea why Nixon fascinates me so much, but this is a great account of his last years. A man still trying to redeem himself after such a stupid mistake with Watergate. A brilliant mind unfairly sidelined for a relatively small political infraction, Nixon was probably more surprised than most to be driven from office for covering up the crime of bugging the Democrats. Parties had been bugging each other for years. It was seen as standard operating procedure, not as the crime of the century. From resignation to death, Nixon tried to become the respected elder statesman he craved. Yet, history and time can be an angry parent, unwilling to ever fully forgive, and reminding you often that you are unworthy. Listening to Nixon comment, criticize, scheme, and educate others is a brilliant window into his world and mind.
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This is a fascinating book about the last few years of President Nixons life, it shows he was still a passionate advocate of foreign policy in America. Full of ideas and not afraid to stick it down the throats of currant administrations in the White House and to foreign powers both home and abroad. His passion on Russia, China and various other parts of the world comes through very strongly as does his frustration that his ability to get things done is limited. It does show more to Nixon than Watergate, which is in the book and does tell his regrets in his political life. I was truly amazed at how his passion had not lessened with age and he did become a true elder statesman and I have come to understand Nixon just that bit more and can't help but wonder what would have happened if he'd lived longer.