A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind by Charles L. Mee Jr.

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In a literary tour de force, Charles L. Mee Jr. interweaves images and impressions from his life with political reflections inspired by a meeting with former Nixon aide H. R. Haldeman. The meeting—to discuss the possibility of collaborating with Haldeman on a book about his White House experience—becomes the vehicle for Mee’s probing of his own political perceptions.

Here, exposed to the scrutiny of an unsparing journalistic eye, are the deep feelings of loss and failure that the Nixon debacle engendered in those Americans who came of age during Kennedy’s “Camelot” and marched to the anti-Vietnam anthems of the Johnson era.

Mee writes with moving authenticity of his Midwest-Catholic boyhood and family roots reaching back to the Plymouth settlement; he vividly recounts the physical and psychological pain of a near-fatal battle with polio at age fourteen and his intellectual awakening during convalescence

But the most pivotal reminiscences are of his student years at Harvard and his experiences aas an editor/writer/activist in the 1960s. There is wonderment and bewilderment in Mee’s telling of this time. Along with others of his generation, he asks: “What happened? Who were the real betrayers of the dream?”
 

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Other plays by Charles Mee include Chiang Kai Chek, My House was Collapsing Toward One Side, Agamemnon, Another Person is a Foreign Country, and The Imperialists at the Club Cave Canem. Among his books are Playing God; The Genius of the People; Meeting at Potsdam; The End of Order, and The Marshall Plan.
 
Published June 30, 2014 by M. Evans & Company. 238 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Charles L. Mee Jr.’s “A Visit to Haldeman and Other States of Mind,” from 1977, is about a man’s search for what went wrong with the American experiment....

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