Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon’s Checkers Speech and the “Rocking, Socking” Election of 1952

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It all started with some businessmen bankrolling Richard Nixon to become a “salesman against socialization.” But in this precursor to current campaign finance scandals, Nixon had some explaining to do to keep his place on Dwight Eisenhower's Republican ticket, so he took to the airwaves. The “Checkers” speech saved and bolstered Nixon's political career and set the tone for the 1952 campaign. Just Plain Dick is political history and more. It's the story of a young man nearing a nervous breakdown and staging a political comeback. While the narrative focuses tightly, almost cinematically, on the 1952 election cycle-from the spring primary season to the summer conventions, then to the allegations against Nixon through to the speech in September, and finally the election in November-Mattson also provides a broad-stroke depiction of American politics and culture during the Cold War.

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Kevin Mattson is the Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University. He is the author of Rebels All!, When America Was Great, Upton Sinclair and the Other American Century, Intellectuals in Action, and What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President? Mattson writes for the American Prospect, Dissent, the Nation, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, and many other publications.

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Eighteen years after his death and 38 years after his resignation from the presidency in the midst of the Watergate scandal, Nixon remains an object of fascination. Mattson chronicles one of the seminal episodes in Nixon’s political career, the 1952 presidential election, in which Nixon’s now famous “Checkers” speech, delivered on national television, saved his spot as vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket. Mattson employs some gimmicks that should make professional historians cringe. In particular, he details supposed thoughts Nixon had in critical moments, which cannot possibly be verified. Still, the portrait of Nixon offered by Mattson is familiar and credible. Nixon is brilliant, insecure, resentful against imagined enemies, and manipulative, as he showed when defending himself against charges of accepting questionable campaign “gifts,” including the puppy, Checkers. This is an uneven but informative examination of a defining political campaign for both Nixon and the nation. --Jay Freeman

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