Books: The Nixon Saga

RICHARD NIXON: A POLITICAL AND PERSONAL PORTRAIT (309 pp.)—Earl Mazo —Harper ($3.95).

When Richard Nixon was courting Pat Ryan back in Whittier. Calif., they belonged to a group of young people who held readings of plays and stories. At one of these home entertainments, the featured attraction was Beauty and the Beast, with Dick Nixon starring in the second of the two title roles. A great many of Nixon's adversaries are still convinced that this was perfect type casting.

The animosity toward Nixon harbored by his opponents has long been bitter and somewhat mystifying. In this biography, already distinguished for having drawn the...

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