The Operatic Life of Richard Nixon
The life of no president says more about this country. Nixon’s accomplishments sing of the finest American attributes — daring, audacity, resilience and grit. His fall is an incantation of the nation’s flaws, of meanness, prejudice, avarice and corruption.
We live in a world that Nixon made. His February 1972 opening to China — that planet-stunning handshake with Mao — set the earth’s peoples on a new and liberating course. It was the first great crack in the Iron Curtain; a bell tolling for the Soviet Union and the Cold War, an indispensible step toward an integrated world economy that would lift billions from want and grant them, as he so hoped, a measure of peace.