THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Consuming Pursuit of Power


The brute force of the presidency is still astonishing. During Richard Nixon's absence in the Middle East, Washington almost subsided into a Southern city stricken with the last days of spring. Then he came back.

His jet caravan arrived with thunder and a blast of hot air from the helicopter rotors and the speeches on the south lawn of the White House. Almost as if Nixon's arrival were a signal, the high-energy politicians began to shoot off and collide with each other. The presidential propaganda office cranked out in awed gasps stories of...

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