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Publisher's Summary

A shocking and riveting look at one of the most dramatic and disastrous presidencies in US history, from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner
Based largely on documents declassified in only the last few years, One Man Against the World paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and Congress but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked. From the hail of garbage and curses that awaited Nixon upon his arrival at the White House, when he became the president of a nation as deeply divided as it had been since the end of the Civil War, to the unprecedented action Nixon took against American citizens, whom he considered as traitorous as the army of North Vietnam, to the infamous break-in and the tapes that bear remarkable record of the most intimate and damning conversations between the president and his confidantes, Weiner narrates the history of Nixon's anguished presidency in fascinating and fresh detail. A crucial new look at the greatest political suicide in history, One Man Against the World leaves us with new insight not only into this tumultuous period but also into the motivations and demons of an American president who saw enemies everywhere and, thinking the world was against him, undermined the foundations of the country he had hoped to lead.
©2015 Tim Weiner (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Reza on 06-20-15

A worthy listen, if a bit sensationalized.

Very interesting material, only recently declassified, is presented about the Nixon presidency; although almost exclusively focused on Watergate than anything else.

Narration is good, minus the cheesy Nixon impression, and rather poor accents. Not sure why increasing number of narrators feel the need to be so, "hammy" when a straight reading would do.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul J. Lynch on 07-30-15

Good Book. Bad Audio Book.

Book was good for the most part. Helpful to read newly unclassified materials set in a historical context. It serves as a good summary of all the tapes and diaries that I would not have time or inclination to seek out. Author does editorialize at times which I rarely, if ever, appreciate. Narration of the audio book is miserable. I eventually stopped listening and only read. Narrator attempts the voices of Nixon, Kissinger and others. It is laughable at first and annoying to the point of frustration by the half-way point of the book. Narrator should stop acting and just read. Since I followed along with the text for most of the work, I realized he misread parts and left out full paragraphs. His mispronunciation of names is appalling.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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