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Nixon in Winter

Monica Crowley

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ISBN 10: 1470888947 / ISBN 13: 9781470888947
Published by Blackstone Audio Inc, 2013
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Title: Nixon in Winter

Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Unabridged.

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Monica Crowley served as a personal assistant to former president Richard M. Nixon from July 1990 until his death in April 1994. This remarkable story of his final public and private years is based on full reconstructions of the conversations she had with him at the time. Nixon in Winter puts the reader behind the scenes with the former president, allowing a unique glimpse into his life as elder statesman and private citizen. It is filled with dramatic revelations about Nixon's influential role on the world stage, his hardheaded views on the end of the cold war, his powerful inside role during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, his poignant thoughts on the legacy of Vietnam, and his frustrations with being out of power. With astonishing candor, Nixon also shares his final, startling thoughts on Watergate. Above all, he reveals a more private self than ever before as he struggles to deal with aging and the only force that could ultimately destroy him: death.

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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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