Review of “Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full” by Conrad Black

My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

Conrad Black’s “Richard Nixon: A Life in Full” was published in 2007 and is the longest one-volume Nixon biography in my library. Black is a former newspaper magnate and the author of “FDR: Champion of Freedom.” In 2007 he was convicted of obstruction of justice and mail fraud in connection with his Canadian media business.

This well-researched biography of Richard Nixon is comprehensive and extremely thorough. But with 1,059 pages of text it is not for the timid or faint of heart. And while it does cover Nixon’s entire life, the emphasis is clearly on his presidency. A mere thirty-three pages sweep Nixon from his birth to law school, but about 500 pages are devoted to Nixon’s 5+ years in the White House.

Black’s writing style is dense, erudite and serious…but never particularly colorful. This is not a lively or engaging “fly on the wall” view…

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