The Nation: An End to the Greatest Uncertainty

In the month since he resigned the presidency, Richard Nixon has lived in brooding isolation on his 29-acre San Clemente estate. On occasion, he walked alone and brooding along deserted stretches of the chilly Pacific beach.

When old friends telephoned, gingerly asking to renew social contacts, they were usually rebuffed, though gently.

Among his few contacts with others were half a dozen or so phone conversations, including one with California Governor Ronald Reagan in which Nixon denounced the choice of Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President. The former...

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