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Barry GewenFeeney, a writer and editor at The Boston Globe, offers up formidably intelligent analyses of some key episodes and themes from Richard Nixon's life. His choices are willfully idiosyncratic; he is on the lookout for topics with aura, with resonance, so Nixon's predawn visit to the Lincoln Memorial at the height of the Vietnam War receives more attention than the Alger Hiss case. Yet what's most idiosyncratic here is the way Feeney wraps everything in celluloid. Almost all the chapters take their titles from the names of movies -- ''Dark Victory,'' ''Sweet Smell of Success'' -- and these movies serve as symbols, springboards or simply excuses for Feeney's ruminations.
— The New York Times