Review of “Richard Nixon and His America” by Herbert Parmet

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Herbert Parmet’s “Richard Nixon and His America” was published in 1990 – four years before Nixon’s death – and is one of the earliest serious studies of Nixon. Parmet authored eight presidential biographies and was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. His most recent book “Richard M. Nixon: An American Enigma” was published in 2007. Parmet died in 2017 at the age of 87.

Never intended to serve as a conventional biography, this book is focused on Nixon’s political ascent (but not his fall) and on the attributes which made him a commanding American political figure. Six years of research, interviews with Nixon himself and access to many of his private papers underpin this 650-page book which, for all its detailed coverage, leaves significant parts of Nixon’s life unobserved.

The book begins during President Nixon’s early-morning visit with student…

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