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Recycling Nixon

Conrad Black's weighty new biography of Richard Nixon portrays him as a "mighty and mythic" figure who made a "dignified exit" after being unfairly hounded from office—a code it's little trouble to break

By Andrew Adonis   September 2007

The Invincible Quest: the Life of Richard Milhous Nixon, by Conrad Black (Quercis, £30)

Conrad Black, writing in what he describes as “very distracting circumstances, as I prepared at the same time to deal with serious judicial problems,” has a morality tale to tell, at the length of 1,059 pages. There was once a “very competent and successful” leader who “dealt decisively with all the problems he faced.” But the leader had bitter, vindictive enemies and he made one serious mistake. “In a fair proceeding it would not have been easy to prove that he had committed a crime that…

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