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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 10 to 14.
Perhaps no modern American President has generated as much controversy as Richard M. Nixon. To this day, Nixon remains the subject of conflicting views. The first president to open relations with China, Nixon was also a virulent hater of communism. The president who began significant arms limitation negotiations with the Soviet Union, Nixon also authorized clandestine warfare throughout Southeast Asia. A man raised by stoutly principled parents, Nixon was part of the most controversial covert operations ever undertaken by a sitting president. In the end, the Watergate scandal brought Nixon's White House years to a close but did not totally smother his legacy. In this volume from the illustrated "Presidents and Their Times" series, Billy Aronson takes an incisive look at this enigmatic political figure. Using a thoughtful approach to his subject, Aronson presents a fully rounded image of a man who could easily be seen in thin cardboard versions. This balanced approach results in a fascinating look at a man who rose to the heights of power only to fall prey to his own flawed values. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck