Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man

Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man

by Garry Wills
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Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man by Garry Wills

From one of America's most distinguished historians comes this classic analysis of Richard Nixon. By considering some of the president's opinions, Wills comes to the controversial conclusion that Nixon was actually a liberal. Both entertaining and essential, Nixon Agonistes captures a troubled leader and a struggling nation mired in a foolish Asian war, forfeiting the loyalty of its youth, puzzled by its own power, and looking to its cautious president for confidence. In the end, Nixon Agonistes reaches far beyond its assessment of the thirty-seventh president to become an incisive and provocative analysis of the American political machine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618134328
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/14/2002
Pages: 642
Sales rank: 570,860
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

GARRY WILLS, a distinguished historian and critic, is the author of numerous books, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lincoln at Gettysburg, Saint Augustine, and the best-selling Why I Am a Catholic. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, he has won many awards, among them two National Book Critics Circle Awards and the 1998 National Medal for the Humanities. He is a history professor emeritus at Northwestern University.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1934

Place of Birth:

Atlanta, GA


St. Louis University, B.A., 1957; Xavier University, M.A., 1958; Yale University, Ph.D., 1961

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Terry_M More than 1 year ago
A difficult book, it was topical when first published. now many of the references would be obscure to most of us. the political references are to men long departed from the stage, and the men of ideas are also no longer current. i would bet that a 30 year old couldn't get through this at all, unless well schooled in political theory. nonetheless, its a deep book, and maybe the most accurate one on who Nixon really was.