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Nixon Volume III: Ruin and Recovery 1973-1990 (Nixon #3)

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Published March 18th 2014 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1991)
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Brian Schwartz
In RUIN AND RECOVERY, Ambrose chronicles Richard Nixon's slow rise from disgraced politician to elder statesman. Regardless of how one feels about this controversial historical figure, one can't help but admire his constant and persistent efforts to make one last comeback. When he passed away in 1994, he was rehabilitated. Academics would never embrace him or his legacy. But his fellow Americans held him in high esteem.

Ambrose sums up his own feelings about Nixon at the end of the book. He, like
Clayton Brannon
Apr 08, 2015 Clayton Brannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gave me a new insight into Nixon. These three volume's are a must read for anyone interested in this era. This volume in particular goes into a lot of detail about Watergate. Written in such a way as to make clear all the in's and out's of those turbulent times. Discovered many things that I did not know for example I had never heard that Nixon favored National Health Care for all Americans. That came as a real surprise to me.
Monkey Paul Wilson
Not as strong as the first volume, but engaging nonetheless. By far its strongest focus is the Watergate scandal, and frankly I got sick of hearing about it, which apparently reflected the reality of the early 1970's; EVERYONE was sick of it in that period, and when Nixon finally resigns, the reader is just as relieved as the nation was.

There are breaths of relief when the book focuses on Nixon's moribund foreign policy in his second term, which of course was overshadowed and essentially sabotag
David-jacky Breech
Fantastic read that is a great conclusion to the first 2 books in the series. They are all heavy reads but if you enjoy reading history it is the nature of the beast.

Nixon comeback after his resignation was even greater then after losing the Governors race.

Ambrose gives a fair and unbias writing of a very complex individual.
After a week of watching the funeral and being surprised at my own emotional response, I've spend the last days going back over Watergate and getting new information about what he had been doing in the interim. I'm as vulnerable as anyone else to the emotional manipulation of a good media campaign. But now that he's gone, the horrible emotional {ed-?} intensity is as well. He can not do any further harm, and understanding him and that oh so important part of our collective past becomes much more ...more
Aug 19, 2007 Gregg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like he never planned on retiring when he gave his "farewell" speech after being defeated by Gov. Brown, so Nixon planned his comeback even before the famous departure from the White House in 1974. I can't say I love the guy after reading these books, but I have to admire his mind and the way his intellect worked nonstop.
Nov 10, 2012 RJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nixon's sad exit from the presidency can be debated forever, but his efforts to become an "elder statesman" of sorts met with some success. As with the other two installments of this biography, Ambrose takes a fair and balanced look at this complicated man.
Aug 12, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed a bit more rushed than the other 2 volumes in the series. I guess there was not a whole lot to write about while Nixon was in political exile, but IMO NIxon finished his time here a a flawed but redeemed individual.
Kevin Larose
This is the third volume of the Richard Nixon biographical series written by Stephen Ambrose. Well worth the time and effort to read.
Aaron Shields
Jun 26, 2015 Aaron Shields rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Not as good as the Caro series on LBJ, and Ambrose shows his bias, but still, great series. This last book the best.
Katar Hol
Nov 26, 2009 Katar Hol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Ambrose was able to remain objective and impartial until the last page of the book when he began bashing Reagan.
Final entry in a monumental trilogy on this deeply flawed and defining man.
Chris Brimmer
May 28, 2009 Chris Brimmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Continuing series on Nixon.
Bill Ashcraft
May 22, 2011 Bill Ashcraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ambrose is just great!
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Stephen Edward Ambrose was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. He received his Ph.D. in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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