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Inside this Book – This is one of the most searing analyses I have read of Richard Nixon. An equal assessment might be when Hunter S. Thompson said in 1994 that Nixon was the death of the American Dream and that his body should be burned in a trash bin. This coarse yet logical analysis of the ‘most artificial character in politics’ also serves as a greater indictment of the contradictions of classical liberalism, as well as a view of the state of American society in the late 1960s, and how a Richard Nixon could come to power at all. The first part of the book is a more biographical analysis. His Quaker upbringing. His saintly mother, temperamental father, his brothers dying young. Early senatorial career and elections, uniquely vicious. His resentment of the entrenched Northeastern power structures, later blossoming into conspiracies of the liberal elite, soldiers in the university system. His early struggles for power against Eisenhower, whom he resented, and later outmaneuvered in that brilliant display of political whoring known as the ‘Checkers speech’.
Inside this book –Nixon Agonistes PDF Book by Garry Wills – Yet it was not necessarily these elements which led to the primary cause of his downfall. Nixon was the one with his hand caught in the cookie jar, spying on too many people. His paranoia might have got the better of him then. But executive privilege has existed long before him, and long after. And the contradictory elements of his policy, and those who helped him carry it out, continued to exist long after, in Reagan’s movie-star presidency, the deranged crusades of Bush administration, in Fox News, in Romney and the Tea Party as a pale, geriatric, age-spotted imitation of the previous. This pernicious blend of characteristics continues because there is a large segment of the population which thirsts for them. It still believes in the primacy of the market, of economic social Darwinism, of resentment against a previous ruling elite.
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