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One Man Against the World by Tim Weiner
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it was amazing
bookshelves: library

This is truly a staggering work. It was a tower of details, geopolitical intrigue, espionage, statecraft, deception, and of course corruption.

Not having lived through this period in history, I think my biggest takeaway is that everything I'd come to accept as "culturally" true about the Nixon era is every bit warranted. In other words, a kid like me in the 80s grew to understand that Nixon really was a crook, despite his claiming otherwise.

And in fact, thanks to Weiner's incredible tome of a work, he was much worse. He was arguably a war criminal, a narcissistic felon, an egomaniacal tyrant.

And yet, he went to China. He started talks with Russia. He turned the U.S.' policy course from domestic to foreign.

Nixon's a complicated character for sure. But he was absolutely guilty of every crime he wasn't punished for. And his own words prove it.
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January 10, 2019 – Started Reading
January 10, 2019 – Shelved
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January 17, 2019 – Finished Reading
January 21, 2019 – Shelved as: library

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