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Richard Nixon: The life by John A. Farrell

Reviewed by
January–February 2018, no. 398
Andrew Broertjes reviews 'Richard Nixon: The life' by John A. Farrell

Richard Nixon: The life

by John A. Farrell

Scribe Publications, $59.99 hb, 752 pp, 9781925322569

Richard Nixon: The life by John A. Farrell

Reviewed by
January–February 2018, no. 398

Richard Nixon remains one of America’s most intriguing presidents (1969–74). Intelligent, shrewd, and possessing a keen sense of the public mood, Nixon represented the ideal presidential model. His grasp of foreign policy has been unmatched by his successors, and his domestic policies represented the last hurrah of ‘New Deal’ governance. Yet there was also a personal darkness culminating with the Watergate scandal, forcing Nixon to become the only president to resign from office. John A. Farrell successfully reconciles these elements in Richard Nixon: The life, crafting a lively narrative that encapsulates Nixon’s contradictory aspects, while providing groundbreaking research that has eluded previous historians.

Andrew Broertjes reviews 'Richard Nixon: The life' by John A. Farrell

Richard Nixon: The life

by John A. Farrell

Scribe Publications, $59.99 hb, 752 pp, 9781925322569

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