Books: Inside The White House That Was Built Of Lies

A superb re-creation of his presidency shows a Nixon who was even weirder than we remember

Vast oceans of words have been poured between hard covers trying to document and explain Richard Nixon, perhaps the most peculiar man ever to occupy the White House. Given this tidal wave, what more could be written that is worth swimming through? The answer is Richard Reeves' new book, President Nixon: Alone in the White House (Simon & Schuster; 702 pages; $35).

What Reeves has done is to tell the story of the Nixon presidency by focusing on key decisions and then, through a meticulous examination of logs, diaries, official memorandums and, of course, the White House tapes, reconstruct the events...

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