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READ The Greatest Comeback ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Aders an insider’s view as Nixon gathers the warring factions of 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 together its warring factions The Greatest Comeback is an intimate portrayal of the 37th President and a fascinating fly on the wall account of one of the most remarkable American political stories of the 20th century. This is a stunning piece of revisionist history that could be read either in 1968 or 2016 Mr Buchanan to which I disagree with on pretty much his entire word view has painted Mr Nixon as a good moral citizen who happened to be associated with shady people who brought his entire presidency down This mitigates full blown scandals The checkers speech seems to marginalize key events in the 1960 s The free speech movement and tries to act like Mr Nixon had solved the conflict in Southeast Asia when in fact he escalated the bombing campaigns in Cambodia and Laos never mind that because of the bombing s and bringing the War to those two countries gave rise to the Khmer Rouge To which Mr Buchanan seems to take no credit for Total red meat to the conservatives of today who follow him and his ideas Overall this is a good book for those who subscribe to Mr Buchanan s worldview The only part of the book that I liked was the inner workings of the campaign which I always find interesting because what I read in the news only scratches the surface of what really goes on

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READ The Greatest Comeback ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Patrick J Buchanan bestselling author and senior advisor to Richard Nixon tells the definitive story of Nixon's resurrection from the political graveyard and his rise to the presidency After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F Kennedy and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election Nixon's career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike Yet on January 20 1969 just six years after he had said his political life was over Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as 37th President of the United States How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shatter. I rarely read presidential biographies The two exceptions to this tendency are Abraham Lincoln for his historic role in ending slavery and Richard Nixon for the dark humor that underlies any such discussion I confess that when my finger tapped the button reuesting Net Galley send me a copy I had not noticed who the author was Still up until the 78% mark of the text I would have had to give Buchanan five stars because the title clearly states his thesis and up till that point he was doing a pretty good job with it The text is accessible well paced and he has a remarkable collection of anecdotes from his years as a writer and high level adviser for Richard Nixon For those who enjoy the intrigue and gamesmanship of how a successful modern political contest is won there is plenty of readable documentation Many people do not read the footnotes or end notes that nonfiction has to offer but I do At the very least I scan them sometimes at the end of the selection and sometimes when possible before I buy a book if I am trying to decide whether this is the book I will buy If the publisher is not a literary one such as a college or university press then the end notes will tell a lot about the level and diversity of material being sourcedIt is understood here that Buchanan has a bias and it is right out there in front He was a Nixon man and still is though Nixon is no longer living I am at the opposite end of the political spectrum and enjoyed his brief mention of the Young Socialist Alliance of which I would become a member about a decade later than the time he notes it but I understood from the beginning that when a persuasive piece is being written the writer gets to decide what facts to include and which to leave outHowever at some point if the piece is going to be strong at least a few opposition sources need to be uoted if only to take their viewpoint apart and explain what s wrong with it But there was nothing from the opposition in his end notes at all That takes the scholarship down a notch Still he was doing pretty well the text was engaging and I heard echoes from my youth My dad was a Nixon man and my sister was in college so the drama of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War played out with voices rising in hysteria and decibel until one of the debaters was sent to her room It happened over and over and I think part of the reason I found myself so far to the left was that given the opportunity the Nixon argument in our household could not conclude or prevail without the use of force and ultimately that proved true for his policies as well I fully appreciated the writer s distaste for the Yippies and other ultra left organizations that made antiwar organizing so difficult for the forces on the old left people who did not scream curses and did not want to alienate the public by starting street fights which after all only end up in giving the cops an excuse to lock people up and which sometimes also end in cops hurting innocent people Nevertheless I found it shocking that Buchanan would urge Nixon to side exclusively with the cops after he saw them push people who were mere bystanders through a plate glass restaurant window But still the author says what he saw what he did and what Nixon and his senior staff members did and it s all accurate as far as I can tell At this point he probably had four stars coming from me which is uite good his only real fault was in failing to note the opposition viewpoint in anything resembling a reasoned refutation Generally he was still telling the story well and proving his point from that viewpoint of courseBuchanan s argument that Nixon was a unifying force when the country was in turmoil is also very well crafted and as campaigns go brilliantly executed as long as we don t include that whole Watergate mess The author refers to The Selling of the President which I have on my shelves and I found myself wondering whether the first election the one Nixon lost to Kennedy might have been the first in which the candidates were marketed like products Buchanan s contention that Nixon lost to Kennedy largely due to looks charisma and the bias of the press is well documented I agreed with him The two candidates delivered the same message but Kennedy had a graceful surface and a powerhouse family brokering him whereas Nixon was an awkward workaholic uaker kid who didn t understand the ropes yet But he wouldHere s where the stars start falling off of my review it is one thing to write a persuasive text and choose what to discuss and what not But when the facts are not straight that s a problem And had Buchanan read and resourced The Pentagon Papers not just the summaries by the New York Times but the documents themselves which have been published for many decades and grace my own shelves he would be forced to admit two things One of them is that LBJ had not erred in failing to sufficiently bomb North Vietnam The Pentagon Papers tell us that US forces were running low on pilots The North Vietnamese kept shooting them down and it takes a long time to train a pilot Although the propaganda dispersed by the White House said that the North Vietnamese targets had all been hit and therefore only South Vietnam would be bombed it was a lie built to cover up the damning truth which was that a military enemy that flew over Hanoi stood a good chance of going down in flames When too many pilots are getting dead you can t keep doing the same thing You can make planes but training pilots takes timeThe other plain lie is in stating that Nixon was able to find a just and honorable way to end the war in Vietnam The goal all along had been to unify the country under the rule of the US backed government in Saigon The United States failed to do this Earlier in the text interestingly Buchanan admits that if the US were simply to withdraw and leave the whole thing up to the Vietnamese to decide the Vietnamese people would go with Hanoi In short although Nixon had the Oval Office when the troops came home it was a lost cause one which the United States had no business entering when Ike sent them in nor when Kennedy and LBJ escalated it nor when Nixon became president The people of Vietnam were virtually living in craters and they still won that war I know this is not something Buchanan would prefer to say but he could have dodged it simply by ending the memoir a little bit sooner when Nixon won in 1968A viewpoint is one thing revisionism that falsifies history is another For a well told tale of how Nixon re crafted his campaign and won the presidency three stars Two others are lost for the reasons stated above

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READ The Greatest Comeback ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ed 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 advisor 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 the assassinations of JFK RFK and Martin Luther King urban riots campus anarchy and the rise of the New Left Using over 1000 of his own personal memos to Nixon with Nixon’s scribbled replies back Buchanan gives re. One of the reasons why TV series like House of Cards are so popular I guess is because it allows the viewer to be a fly on the wall One can see the plots being forged and the reasons why decisions are made or not Who else that Pat Buchanan as former adviser to three US presidents to lead us through the back door of American politicsThe story of Richard Nixon s election as US president in 1968 is uite interesting After being beaten by JFK in 1960 and losing the California governor s election in 1962 former vice president Richard Nixon his political career seemed over and out In 1964 Barry Goldwater ran for US president as Republican but lost big Lyndon Johnson now held a majority in both Houses GOP was only half of the size of the Democratic Party and liberals and centrists like Rockefeller and Romney tried to claim Republican leadership Time did not seem right for a conservative movementBut the American society started to get divided and clash over Vietnam war urban riots crime and civil rights protests Campus anarchy and the rise of the New Left brought violence into the political debate While Democratic candidates got cornered by angry Southerners united by presidential candidate George Wallace and nasty leftists Nixon positioned himself handily as a conservative answer to LBJ s policy representing the silent majority Nixon was surrounded by a team of different political opinions and some Young Turks like Pat Buchanan and future Fed chairman Alan Greenspan RN could keep Reagan uiet as California governor but all looked as if Reagan would be th next Republican presidential candidate soon to followNo doubt that Nixon had some luck with Wallace running as third candidate Romney s clumsy campaign and troubles with LBJ s military strategy in Vietnam But Nixon knew how to win Republican rivals for his candidacy by showing them respect and help whenever neededIt is just a pity that Buchanan handles the election night only very short Next to that it would have been helpful to make a post election analysis on which voters in the end delivered Nixon s victory But in the end the book offers a interesting insight in US politics during the roaring sixties

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  • 12 August 2020
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