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RN by Richard M. Nixon
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Jul 18, 2007

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bookshelves: history, politics, autobiography, watergate

You seldom find an autobiography that expresses criticism of the subject. That is especially true in this case, although one wouldn't expect to find Richard Nixon criticizing anything he did as president. This book was far too lengthy, and if you read it expecting to find a confession by Nixon, you are in for a disappointment. Nixon is, as he was in life, on the defensive much of the time.

It's not a problem that only Nixon had. Almost everyone who ever wrote a memoir did so as a means of getting his/her side of the story into the public record without being cross-examined. I guess it's amusing for someone like myself, who remembers Nixon and his self-defensive posture, to read his memoirs. To be honest, it didn't take me long to grow tired of it. It was a huge seller in its day. I often wonder if most of those people who bought copies actually read much of what Nixon had to say.

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