Nixon: A Life

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Gibson Square Books Limited, Dec 31, 2019 - Presidents - 480 pages
Jonathan Aitken first met Nixon in 1966 when, in his opinion, Nixon was a low-calibre, spent force after his defeat against J.F. Kennedy. He was tersely corrected about Nixon's exceptional qualities by ex-Prime Minister Douglas-Home, for whom Aitken was working at the time. Today Aitken has a clearer idea of the forces that drove Nixon to Watergate and to the large extent to which Nixon was involved despite knowing better. mid-1970s, Jonathan Aitken was for the first and only time given unprecedented and unrestricted access to Nixon's private papers and diaries, as well as over 60 hours of fresh interviews. Jonathan Aitken also interviewed 135 other key figures in Nixon's life during the four years it took to write the book, uncovering a wealth of first-hand information. Based on this thorough research he discovered many ways in which the Nixon years are still with us.

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When I took a college course on the United States presidency, we were required to read a biography on a president of our choice and give a short oral report of it. I chose Nixon because growing up ... Read full review

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This is a fairly easy read. It's also very very subjective. I am one of those people who grew up in a world after Watergate, where Nixon was the bad guy and nothing else was said about him. This book ... Read full review

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