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Nixon and Kissinger by Robert Dallek
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Mar 13, 08

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Read in March, 2008

Dallek uses a lot of quotes from recorded White House telephone conversations. This means two things: a pile of minutiae and better understanding of motives. Neither Nixon nor Kissinger come across too well, especially through the direct quotes Dallek selected. Kissinger is portrayed as being obsessed with his brilliant while at the same time fawning obsequiously. Nixon is portrayed as being paranoid, insecure, and self-centered. The book is pretty long but worth the effort. It provides a nice look at the inner workings of the White House during the Nixon years.
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