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Richard M. Nixon
Schuman, Michael.
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow, [2003]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Traces the life of the thirty-seventh president, discussing his childhood in California, careers in law and the military, his terms as vice president and president, his comeback following the Watergate scandal, and roles as political consultant and elder statesman.
Breaking down the wall -- I want to work on the railroad -- Marriage, war, and no dancing -- The Red fighter -- Ike, Dick, Checkers, and Jack -- President, at last -- The national nightmare -- The fall and rise of Richard Nixon -- Legacy.
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While earning respect from many for his foreign policies, controversy seemed to follow Richard Nixon. He resigned early in his second term rather than face Congressional impeachment over the Watergate scandal. He achieved victory in his first congressional campaign by falsely accusing his opponent of being a communist. As a Freshman congressman, Nixon gained fame by pursuing suspected communists in government. He was Eisenhower's Vice President, and won the Presidency in the midst of the turmoil over the war in Vietnam. Although he established relations with Communist China during his administration, a major accomplishment, Richard Nixon continues to be known for the Watergate break-in that destroyed his Presidency.

Author Notes

Michael A. Schuman is an avid traveler and writes of his journeys in travel magazines. He lives in New England with his wife, Patti, and daughters, Trisha and Alexandra

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Schuman opens with an account of Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972 and then covers his life, both personal and public, in chronological order. The author makes an obvious effort to be objective about his subject, admiring his ambition, perseverance, and stamina, but he also describes the man's flaws and weaknesses and gives readers a complete overview of the Watergate scandal. The final chapter discusses Nixon's legacy, drawing on both the positive and negative assessments of the historians who continue to debate his place in history. The author provides some background information and uses primary sources to give readers additional details. Average-quality black-and-white photos and reproductions of source documents add to the text. This book includes both the final years of Nixon's life and the continuing reassessments of his career in the years since his death that are not found in older titles. However, Rachel Barron's Richard Nixon (Morgan Reynolds, 1998) offers more detail and a better examination of how Nixon's personality shaped his long and eventful career.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Breaking Down the Wallp. 5
2 I Want to Work on the Railroadp. 13
3 Marriage, War, and No Dancingp. 23
4 The Red Fighterp. 35
5 Ike, Dick, Checkers, and Jackp. 50
6 President, At Lastp. 64
7 The National Nightmarep. 81
8 The Fall and Rise of Richard Nixonp. 93
9 Legacyp. 105
Chronologyp. 113
Did You Know?p. 115
Chapter Notesp. 117
Further Reading and Internet Addressesp. 124
Places to Visitp. 125
Indexp. 126