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* It is 1962 and there are children at play in the White House for the first time since the presidency of William Howard Taft. Richard Nixon, the vigorous 49-year-old president, has been in office less than two years, having won election by a razor-thin margin over Senator John Kennedy. In Moscow, the wildly unpredictable Nikita Khrushchev is looking forward to visiting ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Rosemoor Press
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Scott
Sep 25, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it
The Madman Theory by Harvey Simon is being released in October in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the book Harvey puts a small twist on the election of 1960 by proposing the Nixon was the winner instead of Kennedy. The book then follows the actions that Nixon's "Madman Theory" of political power playing lead to.

Personally I'm a bit young to really remember much of the Cold War and didn't know a ton about the Cuban Missile Crisis going into the book, but my li
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James Chapman
May 14, 2013 James Chapman rated it really liked it
This is a good read for anyone looking for a study of both the Cuban missile crisis and Dick Nixon's personality. The author is a little rough on Kennedy, at first I was afraid the book was going to veer off into a liberal bashing rant, but he began to develop a rather complete picture of Nixon both as a husband and a President. The alternate history is well developed, with the President not knowing any number of facts about the Cuba crisis that were unknown to the West in the 60s. If the book ...more
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May 22, 2012 Julie Schoerke rated it it was amazing
OMG! I loved this book! Looking for the perfect way to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 2012? Well, this is it.

What a brilliant concept in historical fiction with a twist - what if Richard Nixon beat John Kennedy in 1960? Harvey Simon takes a little-known foreign policy "trick" that Nixon really did impliment - the Madman Theory - and applies it to the very accurate historical account of the stare down of the US and Russia.

READ THIS BOOK! It's for men, wom
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Raymond Thomas
Jul 10, 2013 Raymond Thomas rated it liked it
The Madman Theory is a really interesting take on Richard Nixon's foreign policy as it might have been applied to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Furthermore it provides a fairly interesting portrait of President Nixon, though I am confused as to what the basis was for Simon's portrayal of the Nixons as a married couple. It seems like a gross misrepresentation of their relationship and should be addressed given it takes up a fairly large portion of the book.
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Really interesting premise here - a must read for anyone who likes history, politics, war stories.
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Harvey Simon is a freelance writer living in Washington, DC. His articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, the History News Network and elsewhere.

Before moving to Washington he was a national security analyst at Harvard University, where he also wrote about other public policy issues.

The Madman Theory (Sept. 18, 2012, Rosemoor Press) is Simon’s debut novel.
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