Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings, Documents (The James by Richard Nixon, Rick Perlstein

By Richard Nixon, Rick Perlstein

The 1st booklet to offer America's so much debatable president in his personal phrases throughout his whole occupation, this distinctive selection of Richard Nixon's most crucial writings dramatically demonstrates why he has had any such profound impression on American lifestyles. This quantity gathers every thing from schoolboy letters to geostrategic manifestos and Oval place of work transcripts to create a desirable portrait of Nixon, person who is enriched via an in depth creation within which Rick Perlstein places ahead an enormous reinterpretation of the thirty-seventh president's upward thrust and fall. This anthology comprises the most recognized addresses in American heritage, from Nixon's "Checkers" speech (1952) and "Last Press convention" (1962), to the "Silent Majority" speech (1969) and White condo farewell. those texts are joined by way of crusade documents--including the notorious "Pink Sheet" from the 1950 Senate race--that supply stark proof of Nixon's slashing political kind. Made simply on hand the following for the 1st time, those writings provide new intensity to our knowing of Nixon.

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The Democrats, thinkAmbition: The White House Years (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1976), 24. 39 Brodie, Richard Nixon, 526; Reeves, President Nixon, 110; Perlstein, Nixonland, 362, 421, 459–60, 463–68. xlviii Introduction ing themselves clever, granted the president power to impose the freeze unilaterally; that way, they could accuse him of being callous and hardhearted when he did not. They misjudged the shallowness of Richard Nixon’s ideological convictions. S. currency for gold at a fixed rate.

Introduction li rattling; you couldn’t export American democracy to the Third World anyway. Balancing nations’ interests against one another, vouchsafing stability even at the price of apparent moral inconsistency: this now seemed to him the highest good. ” Kissinger arrived at the same conclusions coming at the problem from the nineteenth-century European tradition of balance-of-power thought. ”43 The rhetoric of peace coincided with manifest cruelties in the implementation. S. , 205. lii Introduction fact, had been a genocide.

421. ” Kennedy opened the debate with a sort of dirty trick. The subject of this first of three debates was supposed to be domestic affairs, but Kennedy came out swinging with a scouring assessment of America’s “struggle with Mr. ” Instead he acted like a deer in the headlights. He spent the rest of the evening agreeing with his adversary point by point. For instance, when Kennedy announced a bold new program to provide medical care for the aged. , 414. xxxiv Introduction sponded, “We are for programs, in addition, which will see that our medical care for the aged are—is—are much—is much better handled than at the present time”—the present time being that of his own incumbent administration.

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