Nation: I Did Not Want the Hot Words of TV

And Other Presidential Reflections in a Crisis Week

RICHARD NIXON did not watch television once during the Middle East crisis. He scanned the morning newspapers, but he did not dwell on them. Lingering too long in the headlines, he feared, would raise his blood pressure. "There is an old Quaker saying," he said: " The most important quality in a crisis is peace at the center.' "

For those eight days the center was the White House warren, where he roamed in the cool and very calm corridors from his hideaway in the Executive...

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