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The Resource One man against the world. | One man against the world : the tragedy of Richard Nixon, Tim Weiner, (overdrive ebook)

One man against the world. | One man against the world : the tragedy of Richard Nixon, Tim Weiner, (overdrive ebook)

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One man against the world : the tragedy of Richard Nixon
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One man against the world
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the tragedy of Richard Nixon
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Tim Weiner
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A shocking and riveting look at one of the most dramatic and disastrous presidencies in US history, from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner Based largely on documents declassified only in the last few years, One Man Against the World paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and congress, but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked. From the hail of garbage and curses that awaited Nixon upon his arrival at the White House, when he became the president of a nation as deeply divided as it had been since the end of the Civil War, to the unprecedented action Nixon took against American citizens, who he considered as traitorous as the army of North Vietnam, to the infamous break-in and the tapes that bear remarkable record of the most intimate and damning conversations between the president and his confidantes, Weiner narrates the history of Nixon's anguished presidency in fascinating and fresh detail. A crucial new look at the greatest political suicide in history, One Man Against the World leaves us not only with new insight into this tumultuous period, but also into the motivations and demons of an American president who saw enemies everywhere, and, thinking the world was against him, undermined the foundations of the country he had hoped to lead
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One man against the world
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A crucial new look at the greatest political suicide in history, One Man Against the World leaves us not only with new insight into this tumultuous period, but also into the motivations and demons of an American president who saw enemies everywhere, and, thinking the world was against him, undermined the foundations of the country he had hoped to lead
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  • /* Starred Review */ Weiner, a National Book Award winner for Legacy of Ashes, pulls no punches in his devastating account of Nixon's presidency, drawing on documents declassified in the last seven years. As his depressing introductory note states, "For those who lived under Nixon, it is worse than you may recollect. For those too young to recall, it is worse than you can imagine." Weiner doesn't spend much time on Nixon's formative years, judging them to be irrelevant to an objective assessment of a ruthless politician—one whose conduct in the 1968 presidential campaign L.B.J. later deemed treasonous. For those who remember Nixon primarily for Watergate, Weiner also presents an eye-opening account of his role in the Vietnam War, when he initiated all-too-serious discussions of using nuclear weapons on the North Vietnamese. Weiner describes Nixon as "at war with his own military leaders" and notes that the president "would drink toasts and sign treaties with the men who were arming his enemies." Additionally, chilling excerpts from tape recordings that have only recently been made accessible include cold-blooded exchanges between Nixon and then–Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in which the two debate the merits of committing war crimes in order to win in Vietnam. This is powerful raw material, but Weiner's brilliant turns of phrase transform it into something extraordinary. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 15, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 24, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ According to National Book Award winner Weiner (Legacy of Ashes ), President Richard Nixon's (1913–94) most tragic flaw was his idea that the presidency was above the law; a delusion that drove him to the "gutter politics" that led to the Watergate scandal in 1972 and his inevitable resignation in 1974. While much included here will resonate with scholars and avid Nixon readers, Weiner's deep research of archival documents that were not declassified until the 21st century reveals new, chilling information—notably about bombings in Southeast Asia and a near-nuclear confrontation with the former Soviet Union. These findings either correct or verify the works of previous Nixon biographies. Here, Weiner focuses on diplomacy and Watergate because he asserts that Nixon did not care about domestic politics except where his presidential campaigns were concerned. Nixon's unwavering misconception that he could bomb North Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos into submission resulted in the deaths of millions of civilians. This, indeed, was the former president's greatest tragedy. The author sadly concludes that subsequent presidents (Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama) failed to learn from Nixon's flaws and have exhibited Nixonian deceits. VERDICT An enthralling and vital work that will appeal to history buffs and presidential historians. Weiner recommends John W. Dean's The Nixon Defense for an unvarnished view of the beleaguered president's resignation.— Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA --Karl Helicher (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 13, p107)
  • /* Starred Review */ Sobering, eye-opening study of Richard Nixon's booze-soaked, paranoid White House years and the endless tragedies they wrought. "The press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy. The professors are the enemy." So said Nixon, who never minded making room for one more name on his fabled—though very real—enemies list. It speaks volumes about Nixon that there is still more to learn about him, 40-plus years after Watergate. It speaks further volumes that what we are learning is even worse than what we knew: John Dean's The Nixon Defense (2014) just scratches the surface. Enter Pulitzer and National Book Award winner Weiner (American Studies/Princeton Univ.; Enemies: A History of the FBI, 2012, etc.), who is particularly interested in Nixon's fraught efforts to disengage from Vietnam while not appearing to abandon an American ally. "Why not give this up?" asked Chinese leader Zhou Enlai, who encouraged Nixon to get out, promising that if the war were to continue, China would be honor-bound to help its communist neighbor. Alas, writes the author, Nixon and the ever sycophantic Henry Kissinger could never figure out how to pull that off. Weiner's findings, drawing on the entirety of Nixon's secret tapes and other documents, are certainly newsworthy: Nixon, for instance, busily selling ambassadorships, wanted to dismantle not just the State Department, but effectively the whole of the government, filling its ranks with loyalists. So bent was he on this that he put into motion a plan to have his entire Cabinet resign the day after the election, with the next step to "rebrand the Republican Party in coalition with conservative Democrats, create what he called a New Majority to last until the end of the twentieth century, and destroy the remnants of LBJ's Great Society once and for all." That project continues, of course, in different hands all these years after Nixon's coverup of a coverup. No one who reads this incisive book will be nostalgic for Nixon, no matter how disastrous his successors.(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2015)
Biography type
individual biography
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TEFOD
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973.924092
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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the tragedy of Richard Nixon
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Tim Weiner
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One Man Against the World
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<p><b>A shocking and riveting look at one of the most dramatic and disastrous presidencies in US history, from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner</b><br><b></b><br><b></b>Based largely on documents declassified only in the last few years, <i>One Man Against the World </i>paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and congress, but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked. From the hail of garbage and curses that awaited Nixon upon his arrival at the White House, when he became the president of a nation as deeply divided as it had been since the end of the Civil War, to the unprecedented action Nixon took against American citizens, who he considered as traitorous as the army of North Vietnam,...
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<p><b>A shocking and riveting look at one of the most dramatic and disastrous presidencies in US history, from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner</b><br><b></b><br><b></b>Based largely on documents declassified only in the last few years, <i>One Man Against the World </i>paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and congress, but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked. From the hail of garbage and curses that awaited Nixon upon his arrival at the White House, when he became the president of a nation as deeply divided as it had been since the end of the Civil War, to the unprecedented action Nixon took against American citizens, who he considered as traitorous as the army of North Vietnam, to the infamous break-in and the tapes that bear remarkable record of the most intimate and damning conversations between the president and his confidantes, Weiner narrates the history of Nixon's anguished presidency in fascinating and fresh detail. </p><p>A crucial new look at the greatest political suicide in history, <i>One Man Against the World</i> leaves us not only with new insight into this tumultuous period, but also into the motivations and demons of an American president who saw enemies everywhere, and, thinking the world was against him, undermined the foundations of the country he had hoped to lead.</p>
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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"A great, bad man" -- "This is treason" -- "He was surrounded by enemies" -- "He will let them know who is boss around here" -- "The center cannot hold" -- "Madman" -- "Don't strike a king unless you intend to kill him" -- "A pitiful, helpless giant" -- "Sn unmitigated disaster" -- "Only we have the power" -- "We're not going to lose this war" -- "It's a conspiracy" -- "I can see the whole thing unravel" -- "It is illegal, but ..." -- "Night and fog" -- "From one extreme to another" -- "This is the supreme test" -- "Palace intrigue" -- "We have produced a horrible tragedy" -- "A hell of a way to end a goddam war" -- "You could get a million dollars" -- "Vietnam had found its successor" -- "The President of the United States can never admit that" -- "The same enemies" -- United States v. Richard Milhous Nixon
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9781627790840
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