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Nixon: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-90 (original 1991; edition 1992)

by Stephen E. Ambrose

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Title:Nixon: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-90
Authors:Stephen E. Ambrose
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (1992), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 672 pages
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Nixon: Ruin and Recovery 1973-1990 by Stephen E. Ambrose (1991)



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2766 Nixon: Volume Three Ruin and Recovery 1973-1990, by Stephen A. Ambrose (read 18 Jul 1995) This is the final volume of this superlative and masterful biography. 2069 pages in the three volumes, I've been reading this work for nearly three weeks, and I found the reading a sheer joy. This volume goes to 1990 (Nixon died in 1994). This has been a major read for me, and I surely admire Ambrose as a biographer.. I will read more by him simply because this study of Nixon was so well done. ( )
  Schmerguls | Feb 29, 2008 |
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Foreign policy master, political brawler, family man, loner, tragic hero, criminal, elder statesman, eternal conniver--Richard Nixon plays all of these roles in the final installment of Ambrose's fascinating three-volume biography (1987, 1989) of the ex-President. Ambrose (History/Univ. of New Orleans) meticulously traces how Nixon--flush with triumph from his landslide reelection victory over George McGovern--spoiled, through his mishandling of Watergate, his best-laid plans for reorganizing the executive branch of the government and for achieving a durable peace in Vietnam and with the Soviet Union. There aren't many surprises here about this extensively documented portion of Nixon's life, but Ambrose compensates with an excellent assessment of his subject's character and record. The author underscores what America lost, as a result of Nixon's Icarus-like fall, in such areas as arms control, energy policy, the Mideast, and national health insurance (though, dubiously, he bemoans the Reagan Revolution without acknowledging how much it owed to Nixon's polarizing campaigns). Admiring Nixon's perseverance, Ambrose draws a sympathetic portrait of the beleaguered politician's attempts to handle a vain Henry Kissinger, military top brass contemptuous of d‚tente, even politicians and lawyers unnerved by Nixon's blatant disregard for the Constitution. In the end, despite appreciating Nixon's intelligence and ability, Ambrose scores the President for a lack of domestic achievements and an even more demonstrable lack of virtue. An adroit retelling of how Nixon plunged into his political black hole--and why, like Lady Macbeth's ``damned spot,'' and despite his carefully orchestrated comeback, his role in the Watergate cover-up can never be obliterated.
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  CollegeReading | Feb 5, 2008 |
Denouement of Nixon, the disgrace of resignation followed by an elder statesman role. Somewhat revealing about what his mindset was in the later half of the 1970's. ( )
  secordman | Sep 30, 2007 |
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On November 7, 1972 Richard Milhous Nixon won a landslide victory in the presidential contest by a staggering 61 to 39 percent.
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