Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew

Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew

by Jules Witcover
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586485717

ISBN-13: 9781586485719

Pub. Date: 05/26/2008

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Nixon and Agnew were an odd couple whose political love affair disintegrated over five years into a calamitous denouement. Agnew's divisive rhetoric skyrocketed his popularity, but he grew weary of exclusion from the Nixon inner circle. Nixon, concluding that Agnew was not the man to succeed him, conspired to dump him in 1972 and later to remove him from the line

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Nixon and Agnew were an odd couple whose political love affair disintegrated over five years into a calamitous denouement. Agnew's divisive rhetoric skyrocketed his popularity, but he grew weary of exclusion from the Nixon inner circle. Nixon, concluding that Agnew was not the man to succeed him, conspired to dump him in 1972 and later to remove him from the line of presidential succession. But before Nixon's presidency collapsed in Watergate, a tawdry scandal of payoffs to Agnew in the White House accomplished the job.

Jules Witcover, a leading political reporter of that period, wrote political biographies of both men and coauthored the acclaimed account of the Agnew resignation, A Heartbeat Away. Now, with three decades of perspective, a trove of new material including Nixon's White House tapes and interviews with close Nixon-Agnew associates, Witcover has written a captivating narrative that reveals how the foibles, pettiness and weaknesses of each man destroyed that marriage, and ultimately their careers. Very Strange Bedfellows' revealing look into the flawed and fascinating Nixon presidency will be catnip to anyone interested in American politics and American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586485719
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
05/26/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xiii
Snared on the Rebound     1
Spiro Who?     17
Nixon's Nixon     35
Great Expectations     53
Arousing the Silent Majority     73
Hot-and-Cold Honeymoon     85
Big Man on Campus     95
Purge of the Radic-Libs     111
Marriage of Convenience     131
Thinking the Unthinkable     143
Bull in a China Shop     163
Anywhere but Peking     175
Courting Connally     187
Welcome Home, Ted     197
Plotting the Big Switch     207
Separation Anxiety     225
From Watergate to Re-election     241
Bad News from Baltimore     257
Lapsing Insurance Policy     275
Contested Divorce     291
Terms of Disengagement     309
Parting of the Ways     323
Frigid Aftermath     347
Notes     367
Bibliography     391
Index     395

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