Books: Martyr Or Machiavelli?

Machiavelli?

NIXON: THE TRIUMPH OF A POLITICIAN, 1962-1972

by Stephen E. Ambrose; Simon & Schuster; 736 pages; $24.95

RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON: THE RISE OF AN AMERICAN POLITICIAN

by Roger Morris; Henry Holt; 1,005 pages; $29.95

Two obese volumes by heavyweight authors on Richard Nixon are upon us this fall, each an installment of a trilogy. Promised for 1990 are two more Nixon books by other serious writers, columnist Tom Wicker and political scientist Herbert Parmet. Despite the wide shelf of literature by and about the 37th President, the urge to discover him anew remains strong. It is not only because Nixon made...

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