Nation: The Real Nixon

He writes a primer on power

In case anyone is still searching for the real Richard Nixon, he may be found in the former President's latest book: The Real War (Warner Books; 341 pages; $12.50). This impassioned call to arms expresses Nixon's combative view of the world. In his way, Nixon has updated Machiavelli's The Prince and written a primer for power politics. "World leadership," he warns, "requires something in many ways alien to the American cast of mind. It requires placing limits on idealism, compromising with reality, at times matching duplicity with...

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