One Man Against the World The Tragedy of Richard Nixon

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  • Copyright: 6/16/2015
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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A shocking and riveting look at one of the most dramatic and disastrous presidencies in US history, from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner

Based largely on documents declassified only in the last few years, One Man Against the World paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and congress, but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked. From the hail of garbage and curses that awaited Nixon upon his arrival at the White House, when he became the president of a nation as deeply divided as it had been since the end of the Civil War, to the unprecedented action Nixon took against American citizens, who he considered as traitorous as the army of North Vietnam, to the infamous break-in and the tapes that bear remarkable record of the most intimate and damning conversations between the president and his confidantes, Weiner narrates the history of Nixon's anguished presidency in fascinating and fresh detail.

A crucial new look at the greatest political suicide in history, One Man Against the World leaves us not only with new insight into this tumultuous period, but also into the motivations and demons of an American president who saw enemies everywhere, and, thinking the world was against him, undermined the foundations of the country he had hoped to lead.

Author Biography

Tim Weiner is the author of five books. Legacy of Ashes, his history of the CIA, won the National Book Award. His journalism on secret government programs received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. As a correspondent for The New York Times, he covered war and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and other nations. He directs the Carey Institute's nonfiction residency program in upstate New York and teaches as an Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 1

Chapter One
"A great, bad man" 5

Chapter Two
"This is treason" 16

Chapter Three
"He was surrounded by enemies" 27

Chapter Four
"He will let them know who is boss around here" 36

Chapter Five
"The center cannot hold" 43

Chapter Six
"Madman" 58

Chapter Seven
"Don't strike a king unless you intend to kill him" 73

Chapter Eight
"A pitiful, helpless giant" 79

Chapter Nine
"An unmitigated disaster" 88

Chapter Ten
"Only we have the power" 102

Chapter Eleven
"We're not going to lose this war" 113

Chapter Twelve
"It's a conspiracy" 124

Chapter Thirteen
"I can see the whole thing unravel" 134

Chapter Fourteen
"It is illegal, but . . ." 142

Chapter Fifteen
"Night and Fog" 153

Chapter Sixteen
"From one extreme to another" 163

Chapter Seventeen
"This is the supreme test" 172

Chapter Eighteen
"Palace intrigue" 187

Chapter Nineteen
"We have produced a horrible tragedy" 201

Chapter Twenty
"A hell of a way to end the goddamn war" 218

Chapter Twenty-One
"You could get a million dollars" 229

Chapter Twenty-Two
"Vietnam had found its successor" 246

Chapter Twenty-Three
"The President of the United States can never admit that" 263

Chapter Twenty-Four
"The same enemies" 280

Chapter Twenty-Five
United States v. Richard Milhous Nixon 295

Epilogue 315

Judgments 319

Acknowledgments 321

Notes 325

Index 357

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