From Defeat to the White House, 1962–1968
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About the Book
Richard Nixon’s winning the presidency in 1968 was an improbable triumph. He could never have been elected without his key contributions to during the 1966 mid-term elections, when he emerged as the critical figure who united the fractured Republican Party after the disastrous 1964 presidential election. Along the way, he sensed how large swaths of the American public were moving against the Democrats, and how a candidate could take advantage of this.
Filling an important gap in the Nixon literature, this book explores his dynamic reinvention during the dark days of the mid-sixties—a period that mirrored his 1946–1952 rise to from obscure congressman to Eisenhower’s vice-presidential nominee—along with his insights into how America was changing. Beginning with his 1962 press conference after losing the California governor’s election and ending with his 1968 presidential victory, a far more human Nixon is revealed, unlike the familiar caricature of the shady politician and orchestrator of Watergate who would do anything to win.
About the Author(s)
John David Briley is an associate professor of political science at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.
John David Briley
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021