Regular price: £30.49
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for £30.49
Firstly let me say faultless performance from the production team, very well produced.
However avoid this book. As a story of Nixon's rise... Okay so being one sided is FINE but to go through almost this entire story with no criticism of the man? No juicy revelations on character or the political operation that led to Watergate. No insights on Mitchell, Haldeman or Erlichman who were on staff at the time. Failed to tell the story of Nixon's pre-inaugural appointments. No mention of Kissinger who he met after the election, nor Iran which Nixon did visit during the period this book supposedly covers. I think the only value I got from this was 1)understanding Pat Buchanan's domestic policy ideology, and, 2) I did enjoy hearing his thoughts on the '68 Democratic convention.
Pat Buchanan' book serves better as a view on the Southern Strategy and ideological battles in the Republican party of the 60s than what the title suggests.
Mr Buchanan if you ever read this please edit the book to include foreshadowing of the crises and personalities, that will make the Nixon presidency so interesting to study. Why no mention of Iran? Hiding something?
In conclusion - this is the 8th Nixon book I've listened to on Audible and the last I would recommend. It's utterly partisan I could hardly believe a word of this although it did contain some fresh anecdotes I haven't heard elsewhere. Rather than this book, I would recommend Dalek's 'Nixon and Kissinger' or even John Dean's 'The Nixon Defense' both available on Audible.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Greatest Comeback to be better than the print version?
The narration was excellent. The only person who could do it better is Buchanon himself. I think the print version would be cool to see the pictures of these men during that era, but otherwise I don't think anything is lost in the audio.
What other book might you compare The Greatest Comeback to and why?
1. The tempo of the book is much like that of "Jack, We Hardley Knew Ye" - by Kenny oddonell and Dave Powers. However, while Buchanon seems to admire Nixon as a politician, he does not worship Nixon personally in the way the Kennedy men did JFK.2. The subject matter overlaps closely with "Nixon Land," and other of Ron Perlsteins books. But these books are quite complimentary.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Riding shotgun across the Repunlican Right during the heart of 1960s with a Tricky Dick and a young Pat Buchanan.
Any additional comments?
Worth the credit
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This insider's view of Nixon's political comeback gives us a glimpse of an era when successful politicians (both Democratic and Republicans) tried to build coalitions around the center rather than appeal to the extremes of their respective parties.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful