The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon
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Due to the sensitive and controversial nature of the material contained in this book, it is not being made available for advance review. All books are embargoed until publication on August 28, 2000. An excerpt will appear in the September issue of Vanity Fair, available August 8, 2000.
A revelatory new biography that comes closer than ever before to the truth about the dominant U.S. political figure of the late twentieth century--from bestselling author Anthony Summers, whose work The New York Times has called "startlingly impressive"
In this major new investigative work, acclaimed biographer Anthony Summers examines the public life and private affairs of a man whose record and legacy continue to be fiercely debated nearly three decades after he resigned from the presidency. From Nixon's early career in California through his turbulent days in the Oval Office, Summers traces his rise, fall, and reinvention as "great statesman."With research that is both impeccable and unparalleled in scope (more than a thousand interviews were conducted for the book), Summers produces compelling new evidence of Nixon's addiction to intrigue and to money. Here at last is the fullest examination yet of a personality that embraced political brilliance and vindictive, criminal behavior.
The Arrogance of Power will destroy forever the image of Nixon as a tarnished statesman, presenting in its place a stark portrait of a man whose personal torments had a major impact on fifty years of American history.
copy and on another that surfaced later. They included Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, Penthouse’s Bob Guccione, the actor Tony Curtis, members of the rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Leonard Hall, former chairman of the Republican party and long a Nixon intimate. Of “Richard M. Nixon” himself, however, there was no longer any trace. An internal IRS report suggested that since the initial sighting, the entry had been “purged from the Castle records or otherwise concealed.” The probe
and Marianna Liu, a former hostess at the Hong Kong Hilton. The National Enquirer gleefully assigned a team of reporters to dig further and later ran two lengthy stories. The situation had begun to surface with a security flap in 1967. “One of my contacts in another U.S. agency,” former FBI Hong Kong representative Dan Grove told the author, “came to see me one morning and said one of his sources, Marianna Liu, was seeing Nixon. He thought I should be aware of this. . . . He said he knew Nixon
decisions are hard,” he had written in his diary, “but this one was heartrending.” The president had Winston Churchill on his mind during this period, and on Christmas Eve his diary entry had been positively Churchillian: This is December 24, 1972—Key Biscayne—4 A.M. The main thought that occurred to me at this early hour of the morning the day before Christmas, in addition to the overriding concern with regard to bringing the war to an end, is that I must get away from the thought of
Apr. 24, 1994. Garment:Burden of Proof, CNN, Feb. 28, 1997; Leonard Garment, Crazy Rhythm, New York: Times Books, 1997, p. 115; int. Leonard Garment. “dissembling”:SF Chronicle, Oct. 28, 1982, citing Good Morning America, ABC-TV. Kissinger: Kissinger, White House Years, op. cit., p. 1094. Ehrlichman: Paul Theroux, Sunrise with Seamonsters, New York: Penguin, 1985, p. 177. Kornitzer: (secretary) int. Evlyn Dorn by FB, FBP. mother: (oil) Good Housekeeping, June 1960, p. 54–; (photo)
that be”) ed. Abell, op. cit., p. 403; (Chandler meeting) int. Paul Ziffren by FB, FBP—citing Buff Chandler; (Pat miles) NYT, July 27, 1960; (Cronin) UPI, undated, 1974, Robert Hartmann Papers, Gerald R. Ford Library. Convention: (mother’s ints.) Kornitzer, op. cit., p. 88, int. Evlyn Dorn by FB, FBP; (sat like bird) Ehrlichman, op. cit., p. 147; (no sleep) JA, p. 271; (Overture) Len Hall, cited in FB int. John Lindsay, FBP; (acceptance speech) TW60, p. 206–; (JFK acceptance) ibid., p. 177;