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
The most engrossing books are those you carry on reading when you just know you need to sleep & this epic trilogy certainly falls into that category. I already knew a fair amount about Nixon (& lived through much of his political career), but the level of deviousness & self-servingness relayed in this volume particularly about Watergate still managed to shock even me. The author confessed that he ended up feeling more warmly towards his subject than he expected to as a forthright opponent, but I'm afraid my conclusion was that Nixon betrayed almost everyone around him including his family and - most importantly - the American people. A really good read though & the author is to be highly commended for the clarity with which he presented the complex and convoluted events leading up to Nixon's resignation.