Review of “President Nixon: Alone in the White House” by Richard Reeves

My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

President Nixon: Alone in the White House” by Richard Reeves was published in 2001. Reeves is a former journalist and the author of sixteen books, including biographies of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. He has served as Chief Political Correspondent for The New York Times, as National Editor and Columnist for New York Magazine and Esquire and was Chief Correspondent for PBS’s “Frontline.”

Reeves’s book is neither a comprehensive survey of Nixon’s life nor a thorough study of his presidency. But anyone who has read the author’s 1993 biography of JFK will recognize this 609-page book’s rapid pace and its birds-eye view of events which took place in and around the Oval Office during most (but not quite all) of Nixon’s presidency.

The book begins with a first-person introduction to its subject – Reeves’s perspective on his presidency, his character and his idiosyncrasies. It…

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