Richard Nixon: California's Native Son

Richard Nixon: California's Native Son

Richard Nixon: California's Native Son

Richard Nixon: California's Native Son


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Modern biographies of Richard Nixon have been consumed with Watergate. All have missed arguably the most important perspective on Nixon as California’s native son, the only U.S. president born and raised in California. In addition, Nixon was also a son, brother, friend, husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. By shifting the focus from Watergate and Washington to Nixon’s deep, defining roots in California, Paul Carter boldly challenges common conceptions of the thirty-seventh president of the United States.

More biographies have been written on Nixon than any other U.S. politician. Yet the territory traversed by Paul Carter is unexplored, revealing for the first time the people, places, and experiences that shaped Richard Nixon and the qualities that garnered him respect from those who knew him well.

Born in Yorba Linda and raised in Whittier, California, Nixon succeeded early in life, excelling in academics while enjoying athletics through high school. At Whittier College he graduated at the top of his class and was voted Best Man on Campus. During his career at Whittier’s oldest law firm, he was respected professionally and became a chief trial attorney. As a military man in the South Pacific during World War II, he was admired by his fellow servicemen. Returning to his Quaker roots after the war, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate, and the vice presidency, all within six short years. After losing to John Kennedy in the 1960 presidential campaign, Nixon returned to Southern California to practice law. After losing his gubernatorial race he reinvented himself: he moved to New York and was elected president of the United States in 1968. He returned to Southern California after Watergate and his resignation to heal before once again returning to the world stage.

Richard Nixon: California’s Native Son is the story of Nixon’s Southern California journey from his birth in Yorba Linda to his final resting place just a few yards from the home in which he was born.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640125605
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 09/01/2023
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 181,078
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Paul Carter is an attorney with more than twenty years of experience in investigation and trial work. He is the author of the biographical map Native Son: Richard Nixon’s Southern California. Visit his website at Tricia Nixon Cox is the elder daughter of Richard Nixon.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Tricia Nixon Cox
1. New Beginnings: 1908–22
2. Early Success: 1922–26
3. Nixonville: 1926–30
4. Depression-Era Education: 1930–37
5. Service to Community and Country: 1937–45
6. Congressional Race: 1945–46
7. National Prominence: 1947–49
8. Senator: 1949–51
9. Vice-Presidential Campaign: 1952
10. Vice President: 1953–56
11. Preparation: 1957–60
12. Presidential Campaign: 1960
13. Welcome Home: 1961
14. Governor’s Race: 1961–62
15. Wilderness Years: 1963–68
16. President: 1968–74
17. Exile and Rehabilitation: 1974–80
18. Evening: 1980–94
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