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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.
|Introduction to the Mariner Edition|
|I||The Moral Market (Ralph Waldo Emerson)|
|1||The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner||3|
|2||The Center Cannot Hold||34|
|3||The Politics of Resentment||55|
|4||The Denigrative Method||72|
|7||The Common Man||139|
|8||Whittier: First Day||150|
|9||Whittier: Second Day||168|
|II||The Economic Market (Adam Smith)|
|4||They, the People||229|
|5||The Goldwater Party||246|
|III||The Intellectual Market (John Stuart Mill)|
|5||The War on War||388|
|IV||The Political Market (Woodrow Wilson)|
|2||A Good Election||434|
|V||The Future of Liberalism|
|1||Saving the System||499|
|2||Refiguring the Calculus||518|
|3||"Left" and "Right" in America||539|
|4||"Beyond Left and Right"||558|
|5||Nixon Triumphans: The Self-Made Man||576|
|6||Nixon Agonistes: The Last Liberal?||589|
|Index to Proper Names||605|
Posted November 21, 2009
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 the political references are to men long departed from the stage, and the men of ideas are also no longer current.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.
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