Nixon's Shadow by David Greenberg
The History of an Image

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"Nixon's Shadow" explores how an image-obsessed president transformed the way we think about politics and polticians. To his conservative supporters in 1940s California, Nixon was a populist everyman; to intellectuals of the 1950s, he was "Tricky Dick"; to 1960s radicals, a shadowy conspirator; to the Washington press corps, a pioneering spin doctor; to loyal Middle Americans, a victim of liberal hatred; to recent historians, an unlikely liberal. This book rediscovers these competing images of the protean Nixon, showing how each was created and disseminated in American culture and how Nixon's tinkering with his own image often backfired. More than what Nixon did, this it reveals what Nixon meant.
 

About David Greenberg

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David Greenberg, an historian, is a columnist for Slate and a professor at Yale University. Formerly acting editor of The New Republic, he has written for many publications including The Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Washington Post
 
Published October 6, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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in fact, Nixon reflected in one of his many memoirs, “In the modern presidency, concern for image must rank with concern for substance.” But Nixon, Greenberg argues, indeed authored that legacy and more: he gave us our current common-man image of the president, whether believable or not in his ca...

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(Who relies anymore on Jonathan Schell’s arch, dated New Yorker dispatches?) I have never believed that novels should emulate history — with diligent investigation undertaken to show a superficial verisimilitude — but in the challenge of capturing the elusive Pat Nixon, insight might well have be...

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Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image by David Greenberg 460pp, WW Norton, £20.95 The age of spin began in earnest when Richard Nixon sat in a television studio in New York on the evening of September 23, 1952, explaining to the largest audience ever assembled to hear a political speech t...

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(A pair of oral-history interviews Huston gave to the Nixon Presidential Library were released this year, corroborating Hughes’s account.) In March 1970, Huston told Haldeman that a former Defense Department staffer named Les Gelb — now a leading foreign policy wise man — had written some sort of...

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(A pair of oral-history interviews Huston gave to the Nixon Presidential Library were released this year, corroborating Hughes’s account.) In March 1970, Huston told Haldeman that a former Defense Department staffer named Les Gelb — now a leading foreign policy wise man — had written some sort of...

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