Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man

Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man

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by Garry Wills
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0618134328

ISBN-13: 9780618134328

Pub. Date: 11/14/2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


From one of America's most distinguished historians comes this classic analysis of Richard Nixon. By considering some of the president's opinions, Wills comes to the controversial conclusion that Nixon was actually a liberal. Both entertaining and essential, Nixon Agonistes captures a troubled leader and a struggling nation mired in a foolish Asian war, forfeiting

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From one of America's most distinguished historians comes this classic analysis of Richard Nixon. By considering some of the president's opinions, Wills comes to the controversial conclusion that Nixon was actually a liberal. Both entertaining and essential, Nixon Agonistes captures a troubled leader and a struggling nation mired in a foolish Asian war, forfeiting the loyalty of its youth, puzzled by its own power, and looking to its cautious president for confidence. In the end, Nixon Agonistes reaches far beyond its assessment of the thirty-seventh president to become an incisive and provocative analysis of the American political machine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618134328
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/14/2002
Edition description:
None
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
922,588
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Mariner Editionxi
Prefacexvii
I.The Moral Market
1.The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner3
2.The Center Cannot Hold34
3.The Politics of Resentment55
4.The Denigrative Method72
5.Checkers91
6.The Hero115
7.The Common Man139
8.Whittier: First Day150
9.Whittier: Second Day168
II.The Economic Market
1.Miami, 1968189
2.Political Philanthropy206
3.Republican Camelot219
4.They, the People229
5.The Goldwater Party246
6.Southern Strategy258
7.The Succeeder276
8.The Non-Succeeders294
9.Making It306
III.The Intellectual Market
1.Chicago, 1968319
2.Liberals335
3.Radicals356
4.The Establishment374
5.The War on War388
6.Plastic Man403
IV.The Political Market
1."Self-Determination"419
2.A Good Election434
3.The Covenant456
4.Universalism471
5.Our Country!481
V.The Future of Liberalism
1.Saving the System499
2.Refiguring the Calculus518
3."Left" and "Right" in America539
4."Beyond Left and Right"558
5.Nixon Triumphans: The Self-Made Man576
6.Nixon Agonistes: The Last Liberal?589
Index to Proper Names605

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Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Terry_M More than 1 year ago
A difficult book, it was topical when first published. now many of the references would be obscure to most of us. the political references are to men long departed from the stage, and the men of ideas are also no longer current. i would bet that a 30 year old couldn't get through this at all, unless well schooled in political theory. nonetheless, its a deep book, and maybe the most accurate one on who Nixon really was.