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"The Professor and the President is the story of a real friendship between two intriguing figures. Richard Nixon really liked Pat Moynihan, liked him for his wit, his ebullience, his camaraderie, most of all his loyalty. Pat returned the affection, showing the socially awkward president the two gifts most regularly denied him: an academic's respect and a good pal's company.
What a joy to read Stephen Hess's close-up account of the West Wing action when history and mutual need threw this odd pair together. Politics has rarely had such lively bedfellows."—Chris Matthews, MSNBC Hardball
"Imagine two policy intellectuals waging an intense, yet civil, debate in the White House over important national matters. Imagine again it was in the Nixon White House. Mind-boggling; also true. It's a compelling story, captured brilliantly by Stephen Hess, one of America's most gifted political scientists, and Moynihan's chief deputy in the Nixon White House. He tells this fascinating story with extraordinary political and policy acumen. It also offers a side of Nixon that was overwhelmed by the Vietnam and Watergate tragedies. If only government could recapture the spirit of Pat Moynihan—as Steve Hess has."—Albert Hunt, Bloomberg View
"Steve Hess has written a delightful book about the unlikely relationship between Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Richard Nixon. The work is filled with entertaining details and insightful commentary about the prominent and sometimes controversial role that the Harvard intellectual played in service to a Republican president. It is also a reminder that there was a time when politicians in both parties worried about and talked about urban policy, a topic most now try to avoid."—Dan Balz, Washington Post
"Mr Hess's delightful small book tells the story of this unlikely political partnership. It is full of inside gossip about life in the basement of the West Wing, where a man could find himself side by side with Henry Kissinger at the urinal and buy a very decent sandwich at the mess for $0.75. It is also a classic text in the art of political manoeuvre and a subtle miniature of the Nixon administration in the days before Watergate, when Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney were liberals. Mr Hess has left a diamond-cut vignette of the last intellectual in American politics."—The Economist