This mesmerizing chronicle of Nixon's rise to power and the events he shaped that changed forever America's political history took seven years to prepare and is the work of an award-winning historian, scholar, and journalist....
|Title||:||Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician|
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Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician Reviews
This is a fairly exhaustive chronicle of Nixon's life from his pre-fetal days (his parents' coming-of-ages) to the victorious 1952 election, where he sat in the vice presidential spot on the ticket. There it ends, with intriguing hints of the sometime frostiness between Nixon and Eisenhower (both Dick and Pat were embittered by Ike not jumping more quickly to Nixon's defense after the "Fund" scandal emerged, which resulted in the Checkers speech), and the chill that entered the Nixon marriage. (By the early 50s, they sometimes sat across the aisle from each other on planes.)There's not too much direct delving into Nixon's heart, soul, psyche. Whatever we conclude about these items comes secondhand, from his words and actions. The key to Nixon as a politician, Morris finds, was his pursual of "a politics not of wing or doctrine so much as ceaseless self-advancement." Certainly that's mostly true; if there's one area where doctrine may have held sway in him just as much as self-promotion, it would be his anti-Communism, which he flogged relentlessly from his run against Jerry Voorhis for Congress, through his time on the House Un-American Activities Committee and the Alger Hiss hearings, his Senate run against Helen Gahagan Douglas, and his slot on the national ticket.Our anti-Communism of today is, of course, our anti-radical Muslim terrorism. We travel not in a line, but in circles.
Roger Morris's Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician is an impressive, immersive work of narrative biography. It's a massive tome on Nixon's early career through his election to the Vice Presidency, probing Nixon's background and personality in the context of the wild, ever-changeable climate of California politics. Morris (an NSC staffer under Nixon who resigned over Cambodia) manages to be more thorough than Stephen Ambrose and less accusatory than Fawn Brodie, providing a sweeping look at America in the Depression and early Cold War through the prism of this most ambitious of politicians. His blow-by-blow accounts of the Alger Hiss affair and the Checkers Speech are as good as anything I've read about Nixon, who emerges as a man with drive, skill and the mixture of hardline ideological posturing (his constant Red-baiting) and surprising pragmatism (supporting the Marshall Plan and denouncing more extreme Republicans) that marked his entire career. A must-read for any Nixon aficionado.
Thoroughly-researched biography of young Richard Nixon - focusing specifically on his vindictive, win-at-all costs campaigns of 1946, 1950, and 1952. Morris is balanced in attributing brilliance to Nixon where it is due, and ominously foreshadowing events that would occur later on in his political life. The chapters on the Alger Hiss case and the Checkers speech/fund controversy are especially good. Even if you did like Nixon prior to reading this book, it would be difficult to still like him - as a human being - once you have finished it.
The seeds of Nixon's downfall were sown early on. His difficult relationship with the truth and his willingness to do whatever is necessary to win are demonstrated early in his life. As was his willingness to work hard and devote all his energy to a cause - normally himself. Nixon has always been a despised character in US politics - mostly, I suppose, because of Presidency and Watergate. This biography makes allusions to his later troubles but stops at his election as Vice President to Eisenhower. It provides an in-depth explanation of where Nixon came from, his upbringing, and, maybe, provides an idea of what made him tick. The telling of his early days is fascinating and done in great detail. Some aspects could have been given shorter coverage to shorten the length of the book but the details are also what make the book so good.
This is one of the best political biographies of the last 30 years, and it's a shame he didn't follow through with the rest of what was supposed to be a multi-volume Nixon biography. He told me in 1994 it was because he got so much resistance from Nixon loyalists that it wasn't worth the time and effort.
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