One Man Against the World

One Man Against the World

The Tragedy of Richard Nixon

Book - 2015
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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 only in 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, who 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 not only with new insight 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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627790833
1627790837
Branch Call Number: B N654W 2015
Characteristics: xi, 369 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

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rpavlacic
Jan 18, 2016

Wow. Another book about how Machiavellian and manipulative Richard Nixon was, based on newly declassified tapes. The weird thing is, if there hadn't been that recording system, Nixon would have gotten away with it. The only new thing here is that he changed his mind three times about resigning before he finally made that his course. Readable as a history, but boring.

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StarGladiator
Jan 11, 2016

There were four people involved in the murder of President John F. Kennedy, who would later become president, Lyndon Johnson [in Dallas that day, and about to be investigated and indicted], George H.W. Bush [also in Dallas that day, but has amnesia when asked about it], Gerald Ford [on the Warren Commission, will write silly stuff about a magic bullet], and Richard Nixon [also in Dallas]. Since 1963, there has been no legitimate government in the USA, and will not be until that day has been fully revealed, but they choose to continue to keep the documents classified!

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Nov 04, 2015

As an avid student of the Nixon presidency, I'm always eager to see what new information and insight can be added to the discussion over his controversial time in office. Unfortunately, you won't find it in this book as the author simply retreads every left-wing cliche about Richard Nixon. But more shocking is that he writes as if his presidency took place in a vacuum, not providing any context to the the sorts of dirty tricks that took place from FDR to LBJ. So if you were an alien who came down from outer space and read this book, you would think that wiretaps, bribes and enemies lists began the day of Nixon's inauguration, when the reality is that they were deeply embedded into US politics long before the 37th president first entered the political arena. If you want to learn more about Nixon, I would recommend books by Conrad Black, Pat Buchanan, Richard Reeves and Stephen Ambrose, which are far superior to this hatchet job.

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