The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

by Patrick J. Buchanan


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The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority by Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan, bestselling author and senior advisor to Richard Nixon, tells the definitive story of Nixon's resurrection from the political graveyard and his rise to the presidency.

After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy, and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike. Yet on January 20, 1969, just six years after he had said his political life was over, Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as 37th President of the United States. How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shattered and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House?

In The Greatest Comeback, Patrick J. Buchanan—who, beginning in January 1966, served as one of two staff members to Nixon, and would become a senior advisor in the White House after 1968—gives a firsthand account of those crucial years in which Nixon reversed his political fortunes during a decade marked by civil rights protests, social revolution, The Vietnam War, the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King, urban riots, campus anarchy, and the rise of the New Left. Using over 1,000 of his own personal memos to Nixon, with Nixon’s scribbled replies back, Buchanan gives readers an insider’s view as Nixon gathers the warring factions of the Republican party—from the conservative base of Barry Goldwater to the liberal wing of Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney, to the New Right legions of an ascendant Ronald Reagan—into the victorious coalition that won him the White House. How Richard Nixon united the party behind him may offer insights into how the Republican Party today can bring together its warring factions.

The Greatest Comeback is an intimate portrayal of the 37th President and a fascinating fly on-the-wall account of one of the most remarkable American political stories of the 20th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553418651
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 350,611
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patrick J. Buchanan, America's leading populist conservative, was senior adviser to three American presidents, ran for the Republican nomination in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party's presidential candidate in 2000.  The author of twelve previous books, many of which were New York Times bestsellers, Buchanan is a syndicated columnist and founding member of three of America's foremost public affairs shows: NBC's The McLaughlin Group and CNN's The Capitol Gang and Crossfire.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Resurrection of Richard Nixon 1

1 A Loser-in a Party of Losers 5

2 Rapprochement with the Right 20

3 Comeback Tear 48

4 The Manila Questions 81

5 New Recruits 98

6 The Six-Day War-and After 162

7 "Tear of the Dropouts" 195

8 Assassinations and Anarchy 238

9 The Wild Card 289

10 Montauk and Miami Beach 299

11 At the "Comrade Hilton" 322

12 Hearing Footsteps 335

Postscript 365

Acknowledgments 369

Appendix 371

Partial Bibliography 381

Index 383

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The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite an interesting story. Pat Buchanan witnessed these events which makes him a credible author. However, I thought too much of it was about him. He really wasn't the reason I bought the book.
Dr_James_Scott More than 1 year ago
Even though names for presidential candidates are already being bantered around, it' still too early for any really exciting discussions about the 2016 election. So what to do? Well, for all those uber politicos out there, Patrick Buchanan can help you fill the political void with his latest book, "The Greatest Comeback," published by Crown Forum. You would have to be an uber politico to wade through this hardback, which has a very narrow topic that is stated concisely in the book's sub-title: "How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority." Don't expect a biography on Nixon, or a behind-the-scenes look at his administration. This is the story of how Nixon surprised everyone by not only resurrecting his political career, but achieved an astonishing political comeback that made him the 37th President of the United States. As far as that goes, don't expect the book to be entirely about Nixon. While Buchanan does tell of Nixon's rise to the presidency, a lot of the story is told regarding his own contribution to crafting Nixon's win. "The Greatest Comeback" picks up after Nixon's loss to John F. Kennedy in 1960, and then his embarrassing failed attempt for the governorship of California in 1962. Everyone thought that was the end of Nixon's political career. It's at that point this story begins. But don't expect an easy-flowing story. This book clips along rapidly at dishing out the nuts-and-bolts activity of developing and executing political strategy than it does at telling the story of Nixon, the person, during this time. That's why you really do have to be an uber politico to enjoy this volume; you'll be awash in names both familiar and not of politicians, pundits, political hacks, and journalists and their small or large bits in rebuilding a new majority that would put Nixon in power. At times, I thought there's just too much minutia in the telling of this story, and no real broad, compelling story lines. Yet, I found myself reading just one more page until I had completed the book. Maybe there's a little uber politico in myself. That and an interest in political history, and this book might be an interesting filler until the 2016 campaign really begins to light up. I received this book free from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago