57th out of 90 books — 5 voters
The Real War
The Real War
In this landmark 1980 bestseller, Nixon presents a trenchant analysis of East-West relations & a prescription for renewed strength. "Provocative...striking...it says publicly what many foreign policy specialists dare not reveal." The New Republic.
Mass Market Paperback, 0 pages
Published May 29th 1985 by Warner Books
(first published January 1st 1980)
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May 26, 2013 Heather Denigan rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Well-written, insightful, passionate, and fascinating. As a friend said to me (who has read The Real War and served in Vietnam), "Nixon was a much better at writer than president." Perhaps Nixon's grasp of history, appreciation of cultural subtleties, and loyalty to freedom would have been better employed as an ambassador or secretary of state. I gained a greater appreciation for Russian and Chinese history. The section on Summitry is particularly good. And Nixon fills the manuscript with really...more
This is not, strictly speaking, a history book,it is a fragment of history. Its not some well-researched reportage on the state of the Cold War as we tipped towards defeat in the presidency of Jimmy The Jerk. It is an account, by someone who had recently been a player, of the declining strategic situation in the late 70's. This book will be read as a source book for historians. Nixon's unique experience and strategic vision make his opinions and value judgements more important than the well-reas...more