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Nixon Volume I

The Education of a Politician 1913-1962


From acclaimed biographer Stephen E. Ambrose comes the life of one of the most elusive and intriguing American political figures, Richard M. Nixon. From his difficult boyhood and earnest youth to bis ruthless political campaigns for Congress and Senate to his defeats in '60 and '62, Nixon emerges life-size in all his complexity. Ambrose charts the peaks and valleys of Nixon's first fifty years -- his critical support as a freshman congressman of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; his involvement in the House Committee on Un-American Activities; his aggressive pursuit of Alger Hiss; his ambivalent relationship with Eisenhower; and more. It is the consummate biography; it is a stunning political odyssey.

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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.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 18, 2014)
  • Length: 768 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476745886

USA Today Definitive....the most dispassionate, comprehensive and reliable source we now have on the first half-century of Richard Nixon's life.

Library Journal The definitive political biography....there is no more throrough treatment of Nixon's pre-presidential years.

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt The New York Times A voyage of discovery...through a dizzily shifting landscape.

Richard Norton Smith The Boston Globe Richly detailed, highly readable....The most penetrating Look yet at Adlai Stevenson's "man of many masks."

San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle Cool and balanced....Nixon's fair trial in the court of history.

Time engrossing story.

Chicago Sun-Times Fascinating...exhaustive....Ambrose throws hard new light on the reserved, enigmatic California Quaker boy and his astonishing rise to quick power.

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