The Nation: White House White Elephants

Even at the height of his popularity, Richard Nixon was never "big at the box office," as one New York book editor puts it. As a result, publishers have not rushed to recruit past or present White House aides for books about the President. One exception was William Morrow & Co. of Manhattan. Last February, when Nixon still rode high, Morrow signed a $250,000 contract with William Safire for a book giving his insider's view as a speechwriter during the President's first term. Safire, the resident White House wit until he resigned to...

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