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NIXON IS BACK YET AGAIN, SETTLING OLD SCORES AND SERVING NEW POLITICAL DISH IN AN UNUSUAL MEMOIR

Weeks before election day in 1992, Richard Nixon knew in his shrewd political bones that George Bush would lose. On the day after the final debate he wrote a note to Bush, "to buck the guy up," assuring him that "you hit a home run" and praising his "character and courage." Two weeks later, only hours after the votes were counted, Nixon wrote to President-elect Clinton, offering congratulations and declaring that he had the "character" to be a world leader. The old lion was betting that he could regain more influence through the neophyte in the White House than he had...

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