Nixon Volume III: Ruin and Recovery 1973-1990

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Simon and Schuster, 18 mar 2014 - 608 pagine
In Nixon: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-1990, Stephen E. Ambrose completes his acclaimed biography of the man many historians call the most fascinating politician in American history: Richard Milhous Nixon.

Rarely before on the stage of global politics has one man, respected and reviled, blessed and cursed, held us in such rapt attention. Using Nixon’s own words, private writings, and tape-recorded conversations, Ambrose captures the man and all his contradictions as he faces the ordeal of Watergate and its aftermath, the long road back to public life.

Watergate is a drama with high stakes and low skullduggery, of lies and bribes, of greed and lust for power. At its center is the obsession of the country and much of the world with President Richard Nixon himself. It is a remarkable play of foolhardy heroism as Nixon risked everything trying to maintain dignity and his job, when he alone had the power to determine the outcome of the scandal, whether by resigning, confessing, destroying evidence or defying the courts and Congress.

Ambrose explains how Nixon destroyed himself through a combination of arrogance and indecision, allowing a "third-rate burglary" to escalate into a scandal that overwhelmed his presidency.

Yet even after his self-exile from Washington and the Republican Party, even after the national outcry that sealed his shame, Nixon would not go gentle into oblivion. Ambrose provides an unforgettable portrait of the older Nixon in San Clemente, drawing on his seemingly endless reserves of determination, laying the groundwork for yet another comeback, a return to the arena that would defy all odds.

Ambrose illuminates all the hidden years, and we see Nixon’s gradual transformation from pariah to valued elder statesmen, respected internationally and at home even by those who had earlier clamored loudest for his head. This is the story of Nixon's final fall from grace and astonishing recovery.
 

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Indice

Foreword
The New American Revolution and Troubles in Vietnam November
December 1972
War Between Nixon and Congress February 1March 20 1973
A Cancer Close to the Presidency March 21April 14 1973
The Firing of Haldeman Ehrlichman and Dean April 1530 1973
Growing Vulnerabilities May 1June 15 1973
Foreign Affairs FebruaryJune 1973
They Took It All Away from Me August 9September 8 1974
Things Are Not Well September 1974May 1975
A Trip to China June 1975March 1976
The Final Days and the 76 Election AprilDecember 1976
Selling Memories Writing Memoirs 1977
Im Out 1978
The Real War 19791980
Courting History 19811984

Deans Testimony and Butterfields Revelation June 25July 31 1973
The Struggle for the Tapes AugustSeptember 1973
That Incredible Month October 1973
I Am Not a Crook NovemberDecember 1973
Expletives Deleted AprilMay 1974
Hounded at Home Honored Abroad June 1July 3 1974
The Court RulesThe House Debates July 531 1974
A Resignation for a Pardon? August 16 1974
Resignation August 79 1974
Elder Statesman 19851990
The Last Laugh July 19 1990
Epilogue Nixon in Retrospect
Photographs Acknowledgments
About Stephen E Ambrose
Notes
Bibliography
Copyright

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Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History.

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