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President Nixon: Alone in the White House [Paperback]

Richard Reeves
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4 Nov 2002 Alone in the White House
The bestselling author of PRESIDENT KENNEDY presents a stunning account of the brilliant and isolated man who destroyed his own presidency. PRESIDENT NIXON shows a man alone in a White House ruled by secrets and lies, trying to impose old values at home and new balances of power everywhere in the world. Reeves proves that the Watergate scandal was no abberation in an administration foreshadowed by a series of successful uses of 'national security' to cover coups, burglaries, lies, the abandonment of America's allies - and even murder. Reeves portrays a man of vision and iron will who created, used and was used by a small cast of hard, ambitious men who formed a poisonous circle around their insecure leader. Alone, Nixon challenged and changed the world's political and military balance while also plotting to destroy both the Democratic and Republican parties in an attempt to create secretly a new party of the centre. This account of Nixon's stewardship will stand as the balanced, authoratative portrait of an astonishng president and his ruined presidency.

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; New edition edition (4 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743227190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743227193
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Isaacson Author of "Kissinger: A Biography" Reeves has once again succeeded in making a presidency come alive....[Captures] Nixon's brooding and lonely personality as well as his subtle mind. With a wealth of color about key days and decisions, the book shows what it is really like to be president.

About the Author

Richard Reeves is a syndicated columnist and teaches at the Annenburg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. His most recent book is PRESIDENT KENNEDY: PROFILE OF POWER, now considered the authoratitive volume on that president. He lives in Washington D.C. and New York.

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RICHARD M. NIXON arrived at the White House just before 2 P.M. on January 20, 1969, a couple of hours after taking the oath as the thirty-seventh president of the United States. Read the first page
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This book is brilliant at chronologically following Nixon's presidency and achievements. As it is chronological, it gives the actual real weight of the Watergate but does not distort the picture to equate Nixon solely with the Watergate episode.
A fantastic read, extremly detailed, to discover a person who will appear later as a President who missed his chance in history: Nixon's understanding of the world was masterful, his initiatives with China and Russia insightful and daring, and Watergate will prevent due credit to be given to a man whose evils got the better of him.
A great read, highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book, wanting a general biography of Nixon and his life. It does however focus on his period as president and has little reference to his earlier history or the motivations behind some of his 'character flaws'.

The book is however extremely detailed and Reeves uses a wide variety of information / sources to build a comprehensive picture of the president and the people surrounding him. At first this detail can seem irrelevant and is slightly annoying (especially the constant references to scrawled notes on various papers) but helps to bring a multi-layered picture of a claustrophobic White House during one of the most interesting periods of US history. You do start to understand how bureaucracy, policy, and personality interact through Reeves detailed analysis of various source material. It does also start to build a more sympathetic picture of Nixon, in contradiction to the crude characterisation that is often made of the President.

Reeves style does draw you in and paint a fascinating picture. I would however suggest that this book is most appropriate for a politics or history student;.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nixon esposed 23 Feb 2011
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The title says it all. Richard Reeves writes in a very clear and unambiguous style, and seemingly, has delved deeply into the Nixon archives and copious Oval Office recordings in order to get such a descriptive picture of Nixon's compulsive and driven character. Of all American presidents since the end of WWII, his insecurity and feelings of not matching up to the Kennedy family's popularity and wealth is very strange. His humble family background demanded that he was relentless in his determination to excel academically from his first school days to his ultimate ignominious fall from office.
Utterly compelling reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into an unusual man 1 Oct 2013
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It took me a long time to read this book, mainly because it's the kind of book that you need to devote at least a good hour to and read a couple of chapters rather than pages, otherwise you'll find yourself rather lost when you go back to a page and unsure what had happened the last couple of pages.

This was a very insightful book into Nixon not just as a president but as a person. The descriptions of his 'faffing' with minimal things such as rugs and colours for his office make him appear slightly boyish at times making it hard to imagine one of the most powerful men in the world to be concerned with such frivolities. The accounts of Nixon and his closest staff really do bring out the best of Nixon at work. I really enjoyed learning more about the man, what he did for the USA and how ultimately his decision making and perhaps lack of power towards his staff (as Nixon is often portrayed as having decisions taken away from him or ignored by his staff) landed his closest staff members in prison while Nixon had a narrow and lucky escape!

If you want to get to know more about the man who fought for world peace, this book is the place to start!
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