Presidency of Richard Nixon by Melvin Small
(American Presidency (Univ of Kansas Hardcover))

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Twenty-five years after Richard Nixon resigned from office, his legacy remains shrouded in controversy. His was a complex, inconsistent, and even contradictory presidency, shaped by the man's personality and political practices and played out during one of America's most turbulent eras. Melvin Small now draws on the latest archival releases to take a fresh look at Nixon and place his administration in proper historical perspective.

Nixon once predicted that by the year 2000 scholars would begin to evaluate his presidency more favorably. Small, however, steers a steady course between Nixon's detractors and apologists to offer the most balanced and thorough coverage yet available of the man's character and accomplishments. He notes many of the solid achievements of Nixon's domestic programs while criticizing some of his more celebrated foreign policies, especially concerning the Third World, and illuminates Nixon's broader influence on American political institutions and culture.

Small's topical approach permits readers to observe the development of an entire domestic program or international relationship over an extended period, making it easier to understand such drawn-out issues as reforming welfare or ending the Vietnam War. Regarding Vietnam, Small integrates military and diplomatic policy with Nixon's efforts to neutralize the antiwar movement. His coverage of White House operations and Nixon's war with the media precedes a particularly insightful chapter on Watergate and the threat of impeachment. A closing chapter on Nixon's post-presidential years reveals facts about his health and his "blackmailing" of both Presidents Bush and Clinton, and a bibliographic essay provides an extensive survey of the Nixon literature.

He was the first president to travel to China and to call for welfare reform, and although he left Washington under a cloud, many of Nixon's ideas and policies have been embraced by Americans—a legacy few presidents can claim. Small's book is a lively and anecdotal account that looks at the many sides of Richard Nixon and comes to grips with both the man and his presidency.
 

About Melvin Small

See more books from this Author
Melvin Small is professor of history at Wayne State University
 
Published September 1, 1999 by University Press of Kansas. 408 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Presidency of Richard Nixon

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

From the 1948 Alger Hiss investigation, when Congressman Richard Nixon first emerged into the national consciousness, until his departure from the White House in disgrace in 1974 and his death 20 years later, the presence of Nixon, even in defeat and failure, defined American politics, so much th...

| Read Full Review of Presidency of Richard Nixon (...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In this installment of the University Press of Kansas's American Presidency series, Small joins the ranks of the many scholars who have attempted to know and understand Richard Nixon. He gently invert

Oct 04 1999 | Read Full Review of Presidency of Richard Nixon (...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In this installment of the University Press of Kansas's American Presidency series, Small joins the ranks of the many scholars who have attempted to know and understand Richard Nixon. He gently invert

Oct 04 1999 | Read Full Review of Presidency of Richard Nixon (...

Rate this book!

Add Review