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Richard Nixon
Author: Vamik D. Volkan

ISBN: 9780231108546
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 27 July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 1.7
Description:
Despite an abundance of literature on Richard Nixon, the man behind the most spectacular crash-and-burn career of modern political history remains an enigma. What lay behind his obsessive hunger for power and control, his paranoid offensives against enemies real and perceived, his refusal to accept defeat? Why did a man who had achieved so much feel so angry and unfulfilled even at the height of his power? And what drove the statesman responsible for such triumphs as the opening of relations with China to fall into the most devastating political scandal in American history?

The first detailed psychoanalytic portrait of the 37th president, Richard Nixon: A Psychobiography provides fascinating insight not only into his complex psyche but also into the way it influenced his political decisions, whether shrewd or disastrous. The authors explore Nixon's difficult upbringing -- his mean-spirited, abusive father and emotionally distant mother; the tragic deaths of two of his brothers; his rejection by the first woman he hoped to marry; the embarrasingly long pursuit of his eventual wife, Pat; and other shaping episodes and characters.

This book examines moments in Nixon's...

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