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In The Arena: A Memoir Of Victory, Defeat And Renewal
In The Arena: A Memoir Of Victory, Defeat And Renewal
By Richard M. Nixon
Simon & Schuster, 1990, 384 pp

Here is the literary Nixon at his best: a hard-nosed Polonius extolling the uses of adversity in a world full of enemies; uncompromising defender of himself as injured victim; disparager of journalists, historians, political scientists and educators in general; voice of caution on dealing with the Soviet Union whose military forces, he believes, "while leaner, are stronger than when Gorbachev came to power."