The Press: Watch on the Potomac

In a collection of his New Republic columns titled The Nixon Watch, John Osborne last year wrote that "the study of Richard Nixon requires a steadfast clinging to the fact that he is human. That is not easy." Last week The Second Year of the Nixon Watch was published (Liveright; $5.95) and the Osborne view had changed as little as the book title. He writes: "Mr. Nixon, with his shifts from the stately style and sound content of his formal messages to his reckless rhetoric on the campaign stump, seems to me to make anything approaching a sustained belief in his...

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