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

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

by James Worthen
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
recommended
Southern California Quarterly
excellent history...a fascinating account...well worth the read
author of The Contender: Richard Nixon-The Congress Years, 1946-1952 - Irwin Gellman
"a fascinating tale of pettiness, jealousy and arrogance in which Nixon emerges at the finale as the strongest and smartest of his potential adversaries."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786441716
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2010
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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