Bibliography of books directly relating to Richard Nixon and his role as Vice-President, Presidential Nominee and finally President, after his second bid in 1968. Richard Milhaus Nixon served as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Vice-President from 1953 to 1961.
In 1960 he attempted his first bid on the presidency but lost to John F. Kennedy in what was a an extremely close race. He tried for the governorship of California in 1962, but lost that bid too. He receded from the political spotlight till later in the 1960s when he again sought the Presidency. Amid the protest over over the Vietnam War Nixon finally won the Presidency in 1968, becoming the 37th president of the U.S.
Nixon slowly withdrew American troops from Vietnam in an effort to Vietnamize the war, by handing over the responsibility to the South Vietnamese. His other accomplishments include signing the first strategic arms limitation treaty with the Soviet Union, creating a detente with the Soviets. In 1972 Nixon became the first president to visit communist China this was part of Nixon’s move towards detente. However, his downfall was the Watergate burglary and subsequent cover-up, which forced him to become the first president to resign from office. Which he did on August 9, 1974.
The books included in this list are general overviews of Richard M. Nixon and his Presidency, as well as biographies and Nixon and Kissinger’s memoirs on their White House years. The books cover Nixon’s domestic and foreign policies. Particularly good overviews include Stephen Ambrose’s three volume set biography.
Bibliography : The Presidency of Richard Nixon
Aitken, Jonathan. Nixon: A Life. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 1996.
Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-1990. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1991.
Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon: The Education of a Politician, 1913-1962. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1988.
Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, 1962-1972. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
Bundy, William. A Tangled Web: The Making of Foreign Policy in the Nixon Presidency. 1998.
Greenberg, David. Nixon’s shadow; the history of an image. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, 2003.
Hersch, Seymour M. The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House. 1983.
Kissinger, Henry A. White House Years. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1979.
Matusow, Allen J. Nixon’s Economy: Booms, Busts, Dollars and Votes. 1998.
Morris, Roger. Richard Milhaus Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician. 1990.
Nixon, Richard M. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
O’Reilly, Kenneth. Nixon’s Piano: Presidents and Racial Politics from Washington to Clinton. 1995.
Parmet, Herbert. Richard Nixon and His America. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1990.
Price, Raymond. With Nixon. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1977.
Safire, William. Before the Fall: An Inside View of the Pre-Watergate White House. New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1975.
Wicker, Tom. One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream. 1991.
The Sixties: A Journey Through Politics and Culture.
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