Books: Poor Richard's Almanac

Most Americans older than 13 already know more about Richard Milhous Nixon than they may realize or, in many cases, appreciate. To a remarkable extent, his life has been led in public, his up-and-down and then up-again-and-down- again career a long-running soap opera that played on all the networks. The ubiquitous male lead was regularly humiliated (Who can forget the Checkers episode in 1952 or the "last press conference" in 1962?), but he always bounced back, a new Nixon, ready for another crisis that would again display his anguish before a dumbfounded public.

He even survived his spectacular flameout after Watergate...

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