Books: The Nixon Vacuum


by RICHARD WHALEN 308 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $6.95.

On the theory that he needed a youthful look to his 1968 campaign staff, Richard Nixon made a search for bright young conservatives. He found Richard Whalen, then 32, a bona fide conservative who had written what he called "Whiggish" editorials for the Wall Street Journal. He had also produced a literate, debunking biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, and an article in favor of a strong nuclear-defense policy for FORTUNE. Nixon courted him, even suggested that he become the candidate's "press man."...

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