The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon

By Anthony Summers

As a result of the delicate and arguable nature of the fabric contained during this booklet, it isn't being made to be had for boost evaluate. All books are embargoed until eventually book on August 28, 2000. An excerpt will look within the September factor of Vanity Fair, on hand August eight, 2000.

A revelatory new biography that comes nearer than ever earlier than to the reality concerning the dominant U.S. political determine of the past due 20th century--from bestselling writer Anthony Summers, whose paintings the recent York occasions has referred to as "startlingly impressive"

In this significant new investigative paintings, acclaimed biographer Anthony Summers examines the general public existence and personal affairs of a guy whose list and legacy remain fiercely debated approximately 3 many years after he resigned from the presidency. From Nixon's early profession in California via his turbulent days within the Oval workplace, Summers lines his upward push, fall, and reinvention as "great statesman."With study that's either impeccable and extraordinary in scope (more than 1000 interviews have been performed for the book), Summers produces compelling new facts of Nixon's dependancy to intrigue and to cash. the following eventually is the fullest exam but of a character that embraced political brilliance and vindictive, legal behavior.

The conceitedness of Power will ruin endlessly identical to Nixon as a tarnished statesman, offering as an alternative a stark portrait of a guy whose own torments had an incredible effect on fifty years of yank history.

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Pat Nixon claimed she used neither cigarettes nor alcohol. in truth, she smoked just about all her grownup existence and used to be to die of lung melanoma. by the point her husband used to be president, she was once chain-smoking the instant she stepped out of the general public eye. “She smoked steadily aboard Air strength One,” stated leader pilot Ralph Albertazzie. “That was once one of many little secrets and techniques she shared with the team. occasionally, after a flight, the stewards counted the butts. . . . ” Drink was once a delicate topic too. “I as soon as observed a tray of sherry aperitifs being handed around,” acknowledged veteran White condominium correspondent Helen Thomas. “She reached out for a pitcher, observed the newspaperwomen taking a look at her, and pulled her hand again. ” based on a former mystery carrier agent who spoke out in 1993, “Pat Nixon had an issue. . . . i feel at one aspect she was once virtually an alcoholic. She needed to have counseling, prepared via her neighbors. . . . It was once in the course of the moment time period. ”1 past due within the moment time period, in accordance with Washington put up newshounds Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Pat used to be “more and extra reclusive, and ingesting seriously. ” They instructed of employees contributors discovering her within the White apartment kitchen within the early afternoon, making an attempt in useless to conceal a pitcher of bourbon at the rocks. Her daughter Julie and previous aides hastened to disclaim the tale. _____ As for Nixon, marriage didn't unravel his issues of the other intercourse. “When I labored for him, he used to be nonetheless shy and frightened of women,” acknowledged Alexander Haig, his final White condo leader of employees. “He wouldn’t take a seat on my own in a room with Imelda Marcos, I have in mind, or with Indira Gandhi—or even Golda Meir! ” years later, as president, Nixon ordered the acclaimed Philip Roth novel Portnoy’s grievance, with its masturbation subject matter, faraway from the White condominium library. The journalists’ conception of Nixon’s sexuality was once summed up in a spoof query a Newsweek guy positioned to the White condominium press secretary. “What,” Karl Fleming requested, “does Nixon do at the social gathering of his semiannual erection? The consensus is that he smuggles it to Tijuana. . . . ” the click secretary didn't smile. as though to compensate, CBS’s Dan particularly famous, Nixon was once liable to locker room speak and obscenities, frequently at beside the point moments. within the fifties he was once requested to satisfy and thank the flight attendants on his crusade plane. “Mr. Vice President,” acknowledged columnist artwork Buchwald, “these are our stewardesses. They’ve been so great to us. I’d wish to introduce them. ” Nixon spoke back: “Stewardesses? i presumed they have been B-girls. ” He moved on, oblivious of the truth that the ladies have been having a look nonplussed. (“B-girl,” in these days used to be the time period used to explain slinkily dressed bar hostesses, lots of whom have been, through universal wisdom, whores. ) crusade aide John Sears recalled a nocturnal episode earlier than the 1968 election and a welcome flash of extra refined humor. “He usually didn’t sleep good and could enterprise out into the hallway in his blue bathrobe to velocity from side to side. It was once relatively past due whilst he encountered a member of his employees going again to his room with a tender woman.

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