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Nixon In Winter

Crowley, Monica

Verlag: I.b. Tauris Co Ltd, 1998
ISBN 10: 1860642667 / ISBN 13: 9781860642661
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Titel: Nixon In Winter

Verlag: I.b. Tauris Co Ltd

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

Einband: Hardcover

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Inhaltsangabe: Monica Crowley was a 21-year-old graduate student when, having answered an advertisement, she became Richard Nixon's research assistant in 1990. Gradually she evolved into a confidante who remained with him until his death four years later. In this book she records Nixon's assessments of world events and world leaders, both as he sat brooding over his papers and draft memoirs, and during his almost manic peregrinations around the world. Ultimately the shadow of Watergate hung over his every moment, leading to revelations which startled the young Crowley. This portrait of an enigmatic and reviled former US President reveals him discussing international affairs at length; he is also seen as an aged widower cooking spaghetti for himself, reflecting on scandal, ageing and dying, and craving the company of the young researcher to whom he can pontificate and with whom he can keep his faculties alive.

Rezension: Monica Crowley served as a personal assistant to former president Richard M. Nixon from July 1990 until his death in April 1994. During that period, she maintained a private journal in which she recorded his utterances with transcriptive clarity (a trait she attributes to having written down each conversation immediately after it was concluded). In Nixon Off the Record, she presented his views on political leadership and his opinions of specific leaders. In this sequel, she concentrates on Nixon's vision for America's foreign policy, which formed the basis of his attempts to influence the foreign policy of his successors, and his increasing awareness and acceptance of his own mortality.

Although Nixon in Winter is almost assuredly intended to portray Nixon's final years as a strong, ideologically committed statesman in semiexile, what often comes through is the image of a lonely old man suffering from frustration over his unintended legacy and reputation. Dismissing even those biographies which depict him positively, he worries, "I haven't written enough. Look at Churchill. He wrote volumes. Maybe I should write more." There's a certain wistfulness to Nixon waking Crowley up with a phone call at 7:15 A.M. or cooking chili out of the can for the two of them, serving it with grapefruit juice ("I find that it cuts the taste of the chili"). Nixon in Winter rounds out the public image of one of the 20th century's most controversial leaders with an unusually personal perspective.

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