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Nixon: Vol 3: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-90 Hardcover – Jan 1992


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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1st Edition edition (Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671691880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671691882
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Stephen Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than 30 books. Among his New York Times best-sellers are: Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage.He was not only a great author, but also a captivating speaker, with the unique ability to provide insight into the future by employing his profound knowledge of the past. His stories demonstrate how leaders use trust, friendship and shared experiences to work together and thrive during conflict and change. His philosophy about keeping an audience engaged is put best in his own words: "As I sit at my computer, or stand at the podium, I think of myself as sitting around the campfire after a day on the trail, telling stories that I hope will have the members of the audience, or the readers, leaning forward just a bit, wanting to know what happens next." Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. He was the Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center in New Orleans, and the founder of the National D-Day Museum. He was also a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History, a member of the board of directors for American Rivers, and a member of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council Board. His talents have not gone unnoticed by the film industry. Dr. Ambrose was the historical consultant for Steven Spielberg's movie Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks purchased the film rights to his books Citizen Soldiers and Band of Brothers to make the 13-hour HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. He has also participated in numerous national television programs, including ones for the History Channel and National Geographic.

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Another book to the collection. Good condition for Ex library. It completes my collection of Nixon wantsThank you. Bye Bye
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Format: Hardcover
This volume completes the massive journey through Richard Nixon's life. The author, Stephen Ambrose, has stated that he was very reluctant to undertake this biography when urged to do so by his publisher. He had written extensively about Dwight Eisenhower (I refer the reader to the Amazon UK list), a man who didn't like Nixon, and the author's opinion wasn't much different. But once he got started, and found out more about Nixon, he couldn't stop. And 3 connected volumes - Nixon: The Education of a Politician&Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, 1962-1972: Part 1 - show the result. He was an extremely able and complex man, who didn't and couldn't get the affection of others. He was destroyed by his worst enemy - Richard M Nixon.
If someone is wanting to get to know more about this man, a good start is a short one, forming part of the Library of American Biography series on the American presidents - Richard M. Nixon: An American Enigma (Library of American Biography).
David Cooper
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Well balanced with the focus on Watergate 31 Aug 2002
By R.J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This third volume of the Nixon series is dominated by the Watergate scandal, with Ambrose skilfully detailing how the great election victory in 1972 slowly unravelled, as the full weight of the media and Democrat-controlled Congress worked to expose the whole tawdry episode. During this era, there was also the bombing of Hanoi followed by the Vietnam ceasefire, and summits with the Soviet leadership, but Watergate overshadowed all. Ambrose makes it clear that Nixon reinvented the story over and over, and bears a large burden of blame for the predicament he found himself in. He also makes clear that this was the opportunity for Nixon's arch enemies in the media and Congress to go for blood. The descent into the nightmare of possible impeachment and eventual resignation reads like an inevitablity, that Nixon lasted till August 1974 said a lot about his tenacity and stubborness in the face of relentless adversity.
The recovery of Nixon was never fully realized, although he was an authoritative elder statesman in later years, and Ambrose shows that Nixon had regained a fair amount of respect in his later years. Since his death the left has continued to disparage and villify his legacy, but as hard as it is to defend Nixon at times, he was still a statesman to be reckoned with, and his foreign policy record, especially with his China trip, is one of distinction. The eastern establishment despised Nixon, but he did not cater to them, it was the silent majority that was his constituency. One finishes this book wondering where America would have gone had the Watergate scandal not occurred.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A great objective piece of writing 16 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book seperates fact from fiction, truth from distortion. This final book about Nixon by Stephen Ambrose does a great job of giving both deserved criticizm and deserved acclaim for Nixons final years in the white house and his recovery afterword. Probably the best and fair book regarding Nixon from 1973-1990.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant book about a brilliant man 30 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a book that really let you know Richard Nixon, one of the most fascinating politicans of this century. Stephen Ambrose's biography of president Nixon is the best of all the books I've read about this brilliant statesman. It's fair and it's written with a true feeling.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Watergate happened in a democracy! 25 Mar 2002
By Simon Laub - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stephen Ambroses third Nixon Volume : "Ruin And
Recovery" takes on into the heart and soul
of democracy.
Cynics accustomed to political scandal might
be bemused by Watergate. What was all the
hullabaloo really all about?
Ambrose puts it something like this in the book:
To the british, with their official Secrets Act, nothing
that Nixon had done seemed that out of the ordinary,
much less illegal. The Italians simply threw up their hands
at the crazy Americans. To the French. Watergate
confirmed their suspicions about the naive Americans.
In west Germany, the frequent comparison of Nixon
to Hitler by his enemies in America showed either
how little the Americans understood Hitler,
or how little they understood Nixon, or both.
Nixons friends in China, could not understand
why he just didn't shoot his critics.
But in a democracy you must play by the law,
and you must trust and have faith in the wisdom
of the election process.
Watergate was all about how these things were
violated and how american democracy proved strong
enough to recover.
Ruin and Recovery reads like a detective story,
absolutely undeniable brilliant stuff.<P...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Title says it all. 19 Aug 2010
By Michael Cannistraro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stephen Ambrose concludes his three volume work on Richard Nixon with a flourish. Watergate is an extremely complex and lengthy story which Ambrose details in fine detail. After the president's resignation, we are then treated to Nixon's final comback which is a sixteen year saga.

In terms of the three volume set, Ambrose does a brilliant job with this nine decade life. But let's give his subject some credit as well. Richard Nixon (love him or hate him) is one of the most fascinating individuals of the 20th century. A man of modest means who goes from U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and a two term Vice President through 1960. At that point, he is dealt with devastating defeats in a presidentail election and the 1962 Governor's race in California. Some men would be left for dead but you just can't get rid of this guy. Wins the presidency in 1968 and a crushing landslide in 1972. Serving two terms would seem to have been the crowning achievement except for a little break-in at a hotel interrupts the fairy tale ending. As mentioned in the first paragraph, he makes his final comeback to re-establish his reputation. He does all of this with a personality that would seem to be an antithesis of a politician (moody, no close friends, distrust of people, awkward in social situations.)

I read the entire three volume set (almost 2,000 pages) this summer and I am not sure if I will ever read about a subject so interesting done by such an outstanding writer.
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