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In Search of Nixon: A Psychohistorical Inquiry

Mazlish, Bruce

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ISBN 10: 0465032192 / ISBN 13: 9780465032198
Published by Basic Books, Inc., Pub., New York, New York, 1972
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Slight sun fading on cover edges. Minor chips, rubs and a 1/2 inch tear on DJ with creases on rear DJ endflap. Illus. with B&W photos. A distinguished historian trained in psychoanalysis seeks to unravel the riddle of Nixon's opaque political personality. Bookseller Inventory # 00354

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Title: In Search of Nixon: A Psychohistorical ...

Publisher: Basic Books, Inc., Pub., New York, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Cloth-covered Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition, 1st Printing.

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Who was the real Richard Nixon and why did he behave the way he did? In this innovative work, a distinguished historian, trained in psychoanalysis, unravels the riddle of Nixon's singularly opaque political personality. Neither a political biography, nor a clinical psychoanalysis, at the time of its initial publication, In Search of Nixon launched a new genre of scholarship; the "psycho-historical inquiry." Mazlish offers insight into the subtle interplay between Nixon the man and Nixon the public figure.

Why, for example, did Nixon have such personal difficulties in making decisions? Knowing how the young Nixon learned to cope with the problems of his childhood, what can we infer about his unpredictable decisions on Communist China, inflation, and the Supreme Court? Bruce Mazlish applies psychoanalysis to history in order to understand Nixon's behaviour, decisions, and political stance. He explains why Nixon characteristically projected personal crises onto the political arena―as, for example, in the famous Checkers speech, or in the Haynsworth-Carswell affair. And he examines why, conversely, political questions such as pacifism, abortion, and subversion had such a peculiarly personal meaning for him.

About the Author:

Bruce Mazlish was professor emeritus of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of The Leader, The Led, and the Psyche; The Revolutionary Ascetic, In Search of Nixon The Riddle of History; Reflections on the Modern and the Global, and Globalization and Transformation.

 



Howard G. Schneiderman is professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Lafayette College.

 

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