The Invincible Quest: The Life Of Richard Milhous Nixon

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The Invincible Quest: The Life Of Richard Milhous Nixon

by Conrad Black

McClelland & Stewart | May 13, 2008 | Trade Paperback |

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The Invincible Quest is an authoritative biography of one of the most accomplished and controversial leaders of the twentieth century. Beginning with Richard Nixon's birth to Quaker parents in 1913 and ending with his death in 1994, Conrad Black traces Nixon's career, assessing both his achievements and the evolution of popular and historical thinking about him since his death.

Drawing on recently opened tapes and documents, and on Black's personal interviews with many of the major players in Nixon's administration, The Invincible Quest reveals a new side of Nixon: a man who didn't have the advantage of charisma but was surprisingly self-assured and effective; a man dogged by political scandal yet seemingly unstoppable. Opinionated, balanced, and perceptive, The Invincible Quest makes a significant contribution to re-evaluating the idiosyncratic president's entire, eventful career.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1168 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.57 in

Published: May 13, 2008

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771013663

ISBN - 13: 9780771013669

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The Invincible Quest: The Life Of Richard Milhous Nixon

by Conrad Black

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1168 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.57 in

Published: May 13, 2008

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771013663

ISBN - 13: 9780771013669

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PART I: The Meteoric Rise, 1913-1953 Chapter One One of the Common People 1913—1945 – i – Richard Milhous Nixon was one of America’s greatest political leaders, and probably its most controversial president. He was both brilliant and strangely awkward, but ultimately and uniquely indestructible. And in his perseverance he made many of his countrymen awkward also, throughout a very long career, and after. He would not go away, and lingers yet. Like much about Richard Nixon, the circumstances of his early years were nondescript. They were not as modest as those of some presidents, though they were certainly modest. There was almost nothing picturesque about them, little levity, but no degeneracy either; no careening, drunken, abusive adults about, none of the romance of the frontier, and not quite, in southern California around the First World War, the full proverbial wholesomeness of traditional, small-town America. Life was real and life was earnest in the Quaker community of his childhood twenty miles from Los Angeles, which was just about to arise as a colossal and garish city that would influence the world. Young Richard listened to the distant train whistles and the roar of the steam engines in the night, “the sweetest music I’ve ever heard,”1 and dreamt of the wider world. There was often the scent of citrus groves in the air, but the harsh life of the great ranches and farms and migrant workers, the hucksterism of this early pha
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The Invincible Quest is an authoritative biography of one of the most accomplished and controversial leaders of the twentieth century. Beginning with Richard Nixon's birth to Quaker parents in 1913 and ending with his death in 1994, Conrad Black traces Nixon's career, assessing both his achievements and the evolution of popular and historical thinking about him since his death.

Drawing on recently opened tapes and documents, and on Black's personal interviews with many of the major players in Nixon's administration, The Invincible Quest reveals a new side of Nixon: a man who didn't have the advantage of charisma but was surprisingly self-assured and effective; a man dogged by political scandal yet seemingly unstoppable. Opinionated, balanced, and perceptive, The Invincible Quest makes a significant contribution to re-evaluating the idiosyncratic president's entire, eventful career.


From the Hardcover edition.

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The Invincible Quest is an authoritative biography of one of the most accomplished and controversial leaders of the twentieth century. Beginning with Richard Nixon's birth to Quaker parents in 1913 and ending with his death in 1994, Conrad Black traces Nixon's career, assessing both his achievements and the evolution of popular and historical thinking about him since his death.

Drawing on recently opened tapes and documents, and on Black's personal interviews with many of the major players in Nixon's administration, The Invincible Quest reveals a new side of Nixon: a man who didn't have the advantage of charisma but was surprisingly self-assured and effective; a man dogged by political scandal yet seemingly unstoppable. Opinionated, balanced, and perceptive, The Invincible Quest makes a significant contribution to re-evaluating the idiosyncratic president's entire, eventful career.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Conrad Black is the author of comprehensive biographies of Maurice Duplessis and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The former head of the Argus and Hollinger corporate groups and of London's Telegraph newspapers, he is also the founder of Canada's National Post, where he is now a columnist. Black is involved in a corporate governance controversy that will be adjudicated this year. He divides his time between London and Toronto and is a life peer of the United Kingdom.


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Editorial Reviews

“ Black is a versatile and thorough biographer who brings not only sympathy but eloquent clarity to his task. The result is a vibrant narrative of personal and political accomplishment . . . Black''s superb volume, incorporating much new research, is an important and worthy addition to the literature.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review) “[A] literary tour de force . . . stunningly researched and evocatively written.” – Peter C. Newman in Maclean’s “The most intellectual of our modern press barons has succeeded in writing a book that entitles him to be taken seriously as a vivid chronicler of the politics of his own era.” – Sunday Telegraph “He is a formidable writer and historian who has taken on a formidable subject.” – Ottawa Citizen “Like the celebrated Russian novel [ War and Peace ], once started, it’s compelling, hard to put down and leaves a lasting impression.” – National Post “Conrad Black tells [Nixon’s story] with an old-fashioned sweep, confidence and unabashed simplicity that postmodern biographers rarely attempt or manage. Empathetic while clinical, alert to telling detail and unafraid of generality, he leaves us a Nixon we may still largely judge for ourselves, now on the basis of the richer, fuller perspective this work gives us.” – Globe and Mail “[A] genuinely magnificent slab of a book . . . written with enormous wit, brio an
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