The Madman Theory by Harvey Simon

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Like the true events it mirrors, Mr. Simon takes readers behind the scenes...It’s in this last where author Simon starts to stray off target and into exposition both awkward and clunky; this prose does not quite flow into the rest of the narrative.
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What if John F. Kennedy had lost the 1960 election? The winner was supposed to have been the more experienced Republican, Vice President Richard M. Nixon. And some believe he would have been, had it not been for vote rigging and skullduggery on Kennedy's behalf. In The Madman Theory, 49-year-old Richard Nixon does win the ‘60 election and we find out for the first time how Nixon, rather than Kennedy, would have handled the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world stood at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. Would Nixon have pushed us over the edge? Could his wife, Pat, struggling to reconcile her proper role as a wife with her estrangement from the man who thrust her into a public life she despises, pull her husband back from the precipice?
 

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Harvey Simon is a Washington, D.C., based writer whose articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and elsewhere. Before moving to Washington he was a national security analyst at Harvard University, where he also wrote about other public policy issues. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
 
Published December 5, 2013 by Rosemoor Press. 280 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, War, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by Russ Stover on Sep 17 2012

Like the true events it mirrors, Mr. Simon takes readers behind the scenes...It’s in this last where author Simon starts to stray off target and into exposition both awkward and clunky; this prose does not quite flow into the rest of the narrative.

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