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Richard M. Nixon by Elizabeth Drew
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Aug 27, 2011

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Someone below/before reviewed this as "capturing the essence" of Richard Nixon, and I think that's a great description of this book. How do you write a short biographical sketch of Richard Nixon without dipping a toe into left wing hatchet jobbery - or right wing hagiography? I'm not sure Elizabeth Drew succeeds in keeping her hatchet sheathed, but then I'm not sure it's possible to write about Richard Nixon and not make him sound like at least a little bit of a snake in the grass (apologies to the serpent family). Maybe the "real Richard Nixon" will always allude us, a historical mystery like the Princes in the Tower.

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