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Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Nixon and Agnew were an odd couple whose political love affair disintegrated over five years into a calamitous denouement. Agnew's divisive rhetoric skyrocketed his popularity, but he grew weary of exclusion from the Nixon inner circle. Nixon, concluding that Agnew was not the man to succeed him, conspired to dump him in 1972 and later to remove him from the line of presid ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 23rd 2007 by PublicAffairs
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Jason
In all the annals of American Government the office of the Vice President has had somewhat of a checkered history. Most of them are not that well-known if they're even known at all. We've had a few questionable men that have held the office over the years: names such as Nelson Rockefeller and Dan Quayle come to mind. However it's when we begin to look at Spiro Agnew (the only Vice President to ever have resigned the office) that the questions come fast and furious.

Originally the governor of Mary
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Dave
Jul 07, 2008 Dave rated it really liked it
The first 150 pages are an uphill climb, but the payoff comes when the corruption charges start pouring in. Witcover does well with the huge volume of source material and paints a picture of two self-centered men who were terrible communicators who spent 5.5 years at the top of the national totem pole. I had no idea how little influence Agnew had in the administration.

The psychological profiles I came away with are wonderfully detailed.
Katar Hol
Nov 27, 2009 Katar Hol rated it it was amazing
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Witcover does a great job of explaining the political marriage of Nixon and Agnew. However, his political bias shines throughout the book. He can't make it out of the Introduction without some Bush/Cheney bashing. Also, he does not disguise his personal hatred of Richard Nixon.
Mr.
Feb 20, 2008 Mr. rated it really liked it
A little slow, but a very illuminating work that details the odd and often strained relationship between he and his VP. I never knew how close Nixon came to leaving the Republican Party to join with Connelly in an attempt to form a third party.
Tom Dougherty
Apr 20, 2014 Tom Dougherty rated it liked it
Quite a bit of redundancy in this book. The author spends a great deal of time talking about how Nixon wanted to get rid of Agnew and replace him with John Connally. However, once Agnew does finally resign, the author only spends about two pages on why and how Nixon came to choose Gerald Ford over Conally. I was expecting the author to go into more detail about how Nixon reached his decision to go with Ford instead, especially since he took up about 150 pages of the book talking about how badly ...more
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Didn't finish.
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