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Nixon's Shadow : The History of an Image - David Greenberg

Nixon's Shadow

The History of an Image

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Published: 1st October 2004
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To his conservative supporters in 1940s southern California, Richard Nixon was a populist everyman; to liberal intellectuals of the 1950s, he was "Tricky Dick," a devious manipulator; to 1960s radicals, a shadowy conspirator; to the Washington press corps, a pioneering spin doctor; to his loyal Middle Americans, a victim of liberal hatred; to recent historians, an unlikely liberal. "Nixon's Shadow" rediscovers these competing images of the protean Nixon, showing how each was created and disseminated in American culture and how Nixon's tinkering with his own image often backfired. During Nixon's long tenure on the national stage-and through the succession of "new Nixons" so brilliantly described here-Americans came to realize how thoroughly politics relies on manipulation. Since Nixon, it has become impossible to discuss politics without asking: What is the politician's "real" character? How authentic or inauthentic is he? What image is he trying to project? More than what Nixon "did," this fascinating book reveals what Nixon "meant."

"I am hard pressed to think of a book on politics as bracing and original as this one." -- Jeff Greenfield - Washington Monthly "Groundbreaking...A landmark in Nixon scholarship." -- Robert Dallek, author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 "[Greenberg] goes boldly where few men (and fewer liberal historians) have gone before." -- Wall Street Journal "A richly informed, attractively written history." -- Washington Post Book World "Enthralling, compulsively readable." -- The Guardian

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xv
The California Conservatives: Nixon as Populistp. 1
The Fifties Liberals: Nixon as Tricky Dickp. 36
The New Left Radicals: Nixon as Conspiratorp. 73
The Washington Press Corps: Nixon as News Managerp. 126
The Loyalists: Nixon as Victimp. 180
The Psychobiographers: Nixon as Madmanp. 232
The Foreign Policy Establishment: Nixon as Statesmanp. 270
The Historians: Nixon as Liberalp. 304
Epilogue: Nixon as Comeback Artistp. 338
Notesp. 349
Select Bibliographyp. 401
Acknowledgmentsp. 431
Permissionsp. 435
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9780393326161
ISBN-10: 0393326160
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1