The Young Nixon and His Rivals: Four California Republicans Eye the White House, 1946-1958

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During his rise to national prominence, Richard Nixon was forced to confront the political ambitions of fellow Californians Earl Warren, William Knowland and Goodwin Knight, all of whom shared in his dream of becoming president. The simultaneous ascent of these four Republican politicians-dubbed the "four giants" by the regional and national media-led to intense personal rivalries which would affect presidential politics for more than a decade. This book traces Nixon's relationships with each man from 1946, when ...

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Overview

During his rise to national prominence, Richard Nixon was forced to confront the political ambitions of fellow Californians Earl Warren, William Knowland and Goodwin Knight, all of whom shared in his dream of becoming president. The simultaneous ascent of these four Republican politicians-dubbed the "four giants" by the regional and national media-led to intense personal rivalries which would affect presidential politics for more than a decade. This book traces Nixon's relationships with each man from 1946, when he was the least well-known of the four, until 1958, when the experienced vice president facilitated the self-destruction of his two most dangerous rivals. It is the story of a bitter competition moderated by common identity and shared party loyalty, focusing on the personal qualities which made each of these politicans so formidable - and so flawed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441716
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James Worthen writes about the impact of personality on political behavior. A former program manager at the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, he currently lives in Pismo Beach, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

PART ONE THE RIVALS IN 1946

1 Earl Warren: Going His Own Way 15

2 William Knowland: Smooth Ride to the Top 23

3 Goodwin Knight: Charisma to Spare 32

4 Richard Nixon: A New Kind of Politician 38

PART TWO THE RIVALS IN WARREN'S SHADOW (1946-1952)

5 "Defending California from Goodie" 50

6 The Rivals and the Nixon-Douglas Race 60

PART THREE THE RIVALS COLLIDE

7 The 1952 Republican Convention 78

PART FOUR THE RIVALS UNDER EISENHOWER (1953-1958)

8 Knowland, Nixon and the President, 1953-1955 118

9 The Rivals and the 1956 Convention 136

10 The Big Switch of 1958 and the End of the Rivalry 168

Epilogue 189

Notes 205

Bibliography 221

Index 229

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