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RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon
1120 pp, Grosset & Dunlap, 1978

One of the better presidential memoirs of this century - which is faint praise. Nixon writes more clearly than Truman, Eisenhower or Johnson, but he whines more and seems incapable of sustained analysis, irony, humor or any grasp of larger philosophical or historical dimensions. The book is less a thematic narrative than a collection of short memoranda chronologically arranged. The words ring true as an expression of the former President's character and perceptions.