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