Nation: Ford's Memoirs

"The monkey off my back "

He was a "terribly proud man" who detested weakness in other people and often spoke "disparagingly of those whom he felt to be soft and expedient." Indeed, by the end of his presidency, "his pride and personal contempt for weakness had overcome his ability to tell the difference between right and wrong. . . He was out of touch with reality."

So writes Gerald Ford of Richard Nixon in his memoirs, A Time to Heal, which will be published by Harper & Row in late May or June. The...

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