Book Review: The Greatest Comeback

The Greatest Comeback
How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority
By Patrick J. Buchanan

After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's carer was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike. Yet on January 20, 1969 just six years after he said his political life was over, Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as thirty-seventh president of the United States. How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shattered and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House?

In The Greatest Comeback, Patrick J. Buchanan who beginning in January 1966 served as one of two staff members to Nixon and would become a senior adviser in the White House after 1968 gives a firsthand account of those crucial years in which Nixon reversed his political fortunes during a decade marked by civil rights protests; social revolution; the Vietnam War; assassinations of JFK RFK and Martin Luther King; urban riots' campus anarchy; and the rise of the New Left. Using more than a thousand of his own personal memos to Nixon, makes with Nixon's scribbled replies Buchanan provides an insider's view as Nixon gatherers the warring fractions the Republican Party from the conservative base of Barry Goldwater to the liberal wing of Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney to the New Right legions of an ascendant Ronald Reagan - into the victorious coalition that won him the White House. How Richard Nixon united the party behind him may offer insights into how the Republican Party today can bring tighter its warring fractions.  The Greatest Comeback is an intimate portrayal of the thirty-seventh president and a fascinating fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most remarkable American political stories of the twentieth century. 

Patrick J. Buchanan, America's leading populist conservative, was a senior adviser to three U.S. presidents ran for the Republican nomination in 1992 and 1996 and was the Reform Party's presidential candidate in 2000. The author of eleven other books, Buchanan is a syndicated columnist and founding member of three of America's foremost public affairs shows, NBC's The McLaughlin Group and CNN's Crossfire and Capital Gang. He lives in McLean Virginia. 

Richard Nixon is my favorite president ever. Most people only think of his Watergate scandal, but there's so much more to him. He was a proponent for equal wages for women, started environmental laws and regulations, and did some for racial equality. Although I knew he had lost his first run for presidency, I didn't  realize just how much he'd lost. The Greatest Comeback is a wonderful book for any American History buff to read, and if you like A Nice Little Place on the North Side, or American Phoenix you'll love this book for sure. 

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