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The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Patrick J. Buchanan, bestselling author and senior advisor to Richard Nixon, tells the definitive story of Nixon's resurrection from the political graveyard and his rise to the presidency.

After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy, and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's career was declared dead by Washing...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Crown Forum
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Bill Powers
Outstanding and extremely well written review of the Nixon comeback years, from being exiled into the wilderness after his 1962 California governor's loss to his amazing comeback to take the presidency in a USA that was at the brink of collapse in 1968. Patrick J. Buchanan has outdone himself in this historical saga that reads like a fast-paced thriller. In addition to showing the depth of Nixon, Buchanan paints a dark, but accurate picture of the sinkhole that American culture had fallen into,...more
Mar 30, 2014 Donna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nixon buffs, with a grain of salt
I rarely read presidential biographies. The two exceptions to this tendency are Abraham Lincoln for his historic role in ending slavery, and Richard Nixon for the dark humor that underlies any such discussion. I confess that when my finger tapped the button requesting Net Galley send me a copy, I had not noticed who the author was. Still, up until the 78% mark of the text, I would have had to give Buchanan five stars, because the title clearly states his thesis, and up till that point, he was do...more
Aaron Finestone
The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority (Crown Publishing) by Patrick Buchanan

This review is difficult to write. I reject Pat Buchanan's public views on Jews, Israel and immigrants. Nevertheless, he has produced an excellent book on our most interesting President.

The Greatest Comeback is the story of Nixon's second bid for the White House, beginning roughly in 1964 through victory in 1968. Buchanan, barely 30 years old, was the campaign's first resear...more
Jean Poulos
When I saw the author was Patrick Buchanan, I remembered him as an aide to Richard Nixon, so I understood from the beginning the book would have a favorable bias. The book covers the time frame from the defeat by JFK for the presidency in 1960 and the lost to Pat Brown for governor of California in 1962 to his winning the presidency in 1968. This time frame to borrow from Winston Churchill was his “wilderness years”.
The GOP was split between the John Birch Society-Barry Goldwater hard-liners and...more
Douglas Graney
Pat Buchanan in all his glory.

If you're a fan of inside politics you'll enjoy this book.

Buchanan of course is over the top at times (Pat we get it- you don't like the Great Society...but do you have let us know every other page?)but there are a lot of good stories...even if he's an off the charts Nixon apologist.

The real historical value is how the GOP went from getting creamed in 1964 to picking up seats in off-year elections in '66 and winning the whole shebang in '68.

The dynamics between Ni...more
A part of Nixons history that is forgotten by many are his wilderness years. He had lost to JFK. He had lost to Pat Brown for Gov. in California and even he thought he was washed up politically. He became a partner in a NYC law firm and began life as a private citizen. This is where Patrick J.Buchanan steps in.This book fills in very nicely a part of Nixons life that has not been extensively studied.The part from just after his loss to Pat Brown until his election as president in 1968.
Elfego El Gato
Patrick J. Buchanan's "The Greatest Comeback" is his chronicle of the rehabilitation of Richard Nixon's political career from Nixon's loss to John F. Kennedy in the presidential election of 1960 through Nixon's presidential victory in 1968.

The subtitle of this book, "How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority" is somewhat misleading. I assumed this book would tell the story of Nixon in the years between 1960 and 1968, but in fact it tells the story of Pat Buchanan in that peri...more
Growing up, I loved President Nixon. Our family spoke well of him, and if you've read my memoir, you know that the evening of his resignation is still etched clearly in my mind, although I was just 9 at the time. After that, I wrote him a letter, telling him how much I admired him and wished him well (I'm still a little sad that he never wrote back ....)

So, when Crown Publishing offered me a review copy of "The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from the Dead to Create American's New Majo...more
Richard de Villiers
I once voted for Pat Buchanan but I am not particularly proud of the fact. I was a little ticked off at Bush 41 at the time. I was not particularly forgiving on his reneging on his no new taxes pledge and I was even less enamored of him encouraging Chinese students to protest, cower as they were massacred and then sending Scowcraft to clink drink glasses with his Chinese counterparts shortly thereafter.

The unfortunate thing is that Buchanan thought all of our anti-Bush votes were because we sub...more
It was an interesting book though of course pretty biased. It goes through what is nearly a day by day account of Nixon's attempt to run for President from 1966 to his victory in 1968. It puts the politics of today in perspective. Matters in 1968 were significantly more tumultuous. It was interesting to see a day by day analysis of the RFK campaign. It undercuts the "only if" speculation that is conventional wisdom today. Kennedy's poor relationship with LBJ, the opportunistic timing of his gett...more
Don Weidinger
rule of law or lack of faith in law and do whatever, Dems anti-black, inflate to draw attention, Brown and support for selective renting, Romney and Vietnam change in support, annoyance at being held to higher standards than competition, Ethiopia desire to be like Israel Kenya pro-American, Israel only has to lose once, Wilson wrote Nixon’s idol, Robert Kennedy and the law is enemy far left of JFK, gradualism failed in Vietnam, war’s only outcome is victory, violence eruption with movies and rio...more
Adam Spivey
One of my favorite presidents and one of my favorite authors who had an inside look with Nixon. This covers Nixon loss to Kennedy in 1960 to his victory over Humphery in 1968. He covers the political turmoil during this time. One of the most interesting parts of the book was Buchanan defending the charge that Nixon sabotaged 1968 peace accords.

"Reports that Anna Chennault, widow of the Flying Tigers General Claire Chennault, had contacted Saigon and told Marshal Nguyen Van Thieu to sabotage the...more
This is a very personal account of Nixon coming back after saying he was through with politics. Buchanan was certainly instrumental in the comeback and he tells many of his vital actions. I did not find out so much about Nixon as about the process working up to being nominated and what a person is willing to do to get it.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Patrick Michael
Well written and excellent book that is compelling and provides great insight into the inner world of Richard Nixon.
I found it fascinating, but very redundant as several anecdotes were repeated throughout this tome.
Jason Reese
This was a quite good insider's take on Nixon's wilderness years. It was only marred by Buchanan's penchant for settling old scores.
Mary Kristine
Read this with a friend, 30 years younger. So things that were new to her were part of my life. At times, we both felt that Buchanan was telling is story rather than Nixon. Though I did not expect it, there was no objectivity in the book
Bill Radcliff
A great book that provides some insight into the old-style political machine. Highly recommend this book.
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One of America's best known paleoconservatives, Buchanan served as a senior advisor to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan. He ran for president in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Buchanan is an isolationist on the subject of American foreign policy and believes in a restrictive immigration policy.
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