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Frost/Nixon: One Journalist, One President, One Confession [Paperback]

David Frost
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21 Nov 2008

Published to coincide with the launch of Ron Howard's blockbuster film, and following on from the huge success of the eponymous West End and Broadway play, Frost/Nixon tells the extraordinary story of how David Frost pursued and landed the biggest fish of his career.

When he first conceived the idea of interviewing Richard Nixon and trying to bring the ex-President to confront his past, he was told on all sides that the project would never get off the ground. Yet in the end he succeeded, and the resulting television series drew larger audiences than any news programme ever had in the United States, before being shown all over the world.

Including hilarious tales of the people Frost encountered along the way and fascinating insights into the making of the series itself, this book provides an account of the only public trial that Nixon would ever have, and a revelation of the man’s character as it appeared in the stress of twelve gruelling sessions before the cameras. Fully revised and updated with historical perspective, and including transcripts of the edited interviews, Frost/Nixon describes David Frost’s quest to produce one of the most dramatic pieces of television ever broadcast.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Film tie-in ed edition (21 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330457691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330457699
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating document of how one of the key moments in American political history came to have a British twist.'
-- The 50 Best Winter Reads - The Independent

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Published to satisfy the massive renewed interest in Sir David Frost's astounding feat of journalism following the huge success of the eponymous West End and Broadway play, Frost/Nixon tells the extraordinary story of how Frost pursued and landed the biggest fish of his career. When he first conceived the idea of interviewing Richard Nixon and trying to bring the ex-President to confront his past, he was told on all sides that the project would never get off the ground. Nobody believed that Nixon would agree to Frost’s editorial control, or even to talk about Watergate at all. Yet in the end the project succeeded, and the series drew larger audiences than any news programme ever had in the United States, before being shown all over the world. Including hilarious tales of the people he encountered along the way and fascinating insights into the making of the television series itself, this is Sir David's own story of his pursuit of disgraced ex-President Richard Nixon – one that is no less revealing of his own toughness and pertinacity than of the ex-President’s elusiveness. Frost provides an account of the only public trial that Nixon will ever have, and a revelation of the man’s character as it appeared in the stress of eleven gruelling sessions before the cameras. Fully revised and updated with historical perspective, and including transcripts of the edited interviews, Frost/Nixon describes Sir David Frost’s quest to produce one of the most dramatic pieces of television ever broadcast. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Good evening and Welcome 11 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
With the release of the New Film Frost/Nixon I read this to try and help me enjoy the film more and it certainly helps.

Much of the films dialogue is here in the book and not just the actual interviews themselves although these are at the back of the book as transcripts along with comments from Frost.

Frost outlines just how he went about securing the interviews and the team he asselmbled to help him prepare for the interviews I thinbk what surpised me was that it seemed Frost got far more from Nixon that he ever thought he would.

The book itself is a bit jumbled by that I mean by page 130 Frost has already taken us through the actual interviews thereafter we go back explaining the background on Nixon's policies and of course Watergate. There are some very up to date perspectives from Frost indeed mentions of the actual play and fim Frost/Nixon.

The reason for the jumble is that this is a book that incorporates previous text from an earlier book written by Frost in the late 70s.

Despite all that if you love the fim then I would say read this to gain a bit more background and if you really don't know much about the story and are looking for something to read before seeing the film then I don't think this will spoil it.

I also had the Amazon copy of the actual Watergate interview and reading the transcript while viewing this was even better as Frost writes comments in these stating the key points of when he knew Nixon was on the ropes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fascinating 19 April 2009
By Emanon
Format:Paperback
This is an odd book, really, as it is really two books in one. The first half tells the story of how the interviews came about, and the behind the scenes story of the actual taping, followed by a short biography covering the rest of Richard Nixon's life and his re-emergence from obscurity. David Frost also takes some time to reflect on the man himself, thirty years on, and you do get the impression that he can't really decide now whether he actually dislikes him as much as he seems to have done at the time of the actual recordings. Time, it would appear, is going to be kinder to Richard Nixon than we might have thought. His foreign policy, race relations policy and economic policy are all viewed much more favourably with the passage of the years... if only everyone could forget about that little matter of Watergate...
The second half is the actual transcripts of the "Frost/Nixon" interviews themselves, including guidance notes from David Frost injected into the text referring to quite what he was thinking and/or trying to achieve at that moment. On the page as cold, dry text, the interviews tend to lose some of their impact - part of the fascination of the originals was seeing Mr Nixon himself and his various reactions - also, the "ums", "ahs" and half finished phrases don't really help clarify the arguments when they are in written form. The transcripts are, of course, very necessary to put the first half of the book in context, and are obviously a very good written reference work for anyone researching Richard Nixon to dip into rather than constantly having to refer to the taped interviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A journalist experience 22 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
More than or as much as a history work, the point in Frost's book is to review the process that he, as an independant journalist, had to go through to get the interviews made. Nevertheless, it gives a very good account of the main protagonists : Nixon, of course, but also Kissinger and the close bunch - Haldeman, Elrichman and Mitchell.
Altogether a very intersting book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A mish mash 9 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
Although it does shed some more light on the back story, this was clearly cobbled together to capitalise on the movie and doesn't do anybody involved full justice, least of all David Frost who came across far better in the film and on television. Spend your money on the DVD instead.
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