Special Section: A War That Changed the Presidency

TIME Washington Bureau Chief Hugh Sidey has watched three Presidents agonize over the Viet Nam War. Now that the agony may be coming to an end, he reminisces about the individual styles and policies of the three men, and offers some observations on the effects of the war on the presidency:

As pickets marched before the White House, chanting demands that Richard Nixon sign a peace agreement immediately—in perhaps the last sacrament of the sidewalk institution of protest—the dusk slowly faded and an autumn moon rose over...

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