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FREE DOWNLOAD The Greatest Comeback 107 Í Patrick J Buchanan bestselling author and senior advisor to Richard Nixon tells the definitive story of Nixon's resurrection from the political graveyard and his rise to the presidency After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F Kennedy and in the 1962 California gubernatoAders an insider’s view as Nixon gathers the warring factions of the Republican party from the conservative base of Barry Goldwater to the liberal wing of Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney to the New Right legions of an ascendant Ronald Reagan into the victorious coalition that won him the White House How Richard Nixon united the party behind him may offer insights into how the Republican Party today can bring together its warring factions The Greatest Comeback is an intimate portrayal of the 37th President and a fascinating fly on the wall account of one of the most remarkable American political stories of the 20th century. When I saw the author was Patrick Buchanan I remembered him as an aide to Richard Nixon so I understood from the beginning the book would have a favorable bias The book covers the time frame from the defeat by JFK for the presidency in 1960 and the lost to Pat Brown for governor of California in 1962 to his winning the presidency in 1968 This time frame to borrow from Winston Churchill was his “wilderness years”The GOP was split between the John Birch Society Barry Goldwater hard liners and the moderate Republicans represented by Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney Nixon started courting the conservative press and laying down strategy for helping the GOP recoup losses in the mid term election of 1966 This strategy included reassuring law and order endorsing Rockefeller for Governor of New York fashioning a new Republican Party of the South that rested on human rights not bigotryBuchanan provides an insider’s account of how Nixon made his comeback Buchanan bolsters his tale with copious evidence not just his first hand memoires as a major participant but also abundant new clips and archival material The book is thoughtful well written and entertaining full of intrigue and gamesmanship of politics I did note the book revealed time and again that Nixon chose to attack opponents rather than develop solutions for problems facing the country at the time As we are at the fortieth anniversary of Nixon resignation I assume books about Nixon will be forthcoming I read this as an audio book downloaded from Audible Arthur Morey narrated the book

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Patrick J Buchanan bestselling author and senior advisor to Richard Nixon tells the definitive story of Nixon's resurrection from the political graveyard and his rise to the presidency After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F Kennedy and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election Nixon's career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike Yet on January 20 1969 just six years after he had said his political life was over Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as 37th President of the United States How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shatter. I rarely read presidential biographies The two exceptions to this tendency are Abraham Lincoln for his historic role in ending slavery and Richard Nixon for the dark humor that underlies any such discussion I confess that when my finger tapped the button reuesting Net Galley send me a copy I had not noticed who the author was Still up until the 78% mark of the text I would have had to give Buchanan five stars because the title clearly states his thesis and up till that point he was doing a pretty good job with it The text is accessible well paced and he has a remarkable collection of anecdotes from his years as a writer and high level adviser for Richard Nixon For those who enjoy the intrigue and gamesmanship of how a successful modern political contest is won there is plenty of readable documentation Many people do not read the footnotes or end notes that nonfiction has to offer but I do At the very least I scan them sometimes at the end of the selection and sometimes when possible before I buy a book if I am trying to decide whether this is the book I will buy If the publisher is not a literary one such as a college or university press then the end notes will tell a lot about the level and diversity of material being sourcedIt is understood here that Buchanan has a bias and it is right out there in front He was a Nixon man and still is though Nixon is no longer living I am at the opposite end of the political spectrum and enjoyed his brief mention of the Young Socialist Alliance of which I would become a member about a decade later than the time he notes it but I understood from the beginning that when a persuasive piece is being written the writer gets to decide what facts to include and which to leave outHowever at some point if the piece is going to be strong at least a few opposition sources need to be uoted if only to take their viewpoint apart and explain what’s wrong with it But there was nothing from the opposition in his end notes at all That takes the scholarship down a notch Still he was doing pretty well; the text was engaging and I heard echoes from my youth My dad was a Nixon man and my sister was in college so the drama of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War played out—with voices rising in hysteria and decibel until one of the debaters was sent to her room It happened over and over and I think part of the reason I found myself so far to the left was that given the opportunity the Nixon argument in our household could not conclude or prevail without the use of force and ultimately that proved true for his policies as well I fully appreciated the writer’s distaste for the Yippies and other ultra left organizations that made antiwar organizing so difficult for the forces on the old left people who did not scream curses and did not want to alienate the public by starting street fights which after all only end up in giving the cops an excuse to lock people up and which sometimes also end in cops hurting innocent people Nevertheless I found it shocking that Buchanan would urge Nixon to side exclusively with the cops after he saw them push people who were mere bystanders through a plate glass restaurant window But still the author says what he saw what he did and what Nixon and his senior staff members did and it’s all accurate as far as I can tell At this point he probably had four stars coming from me which is uite good; his only real fault was in failing to note the opposition viewpoint in anything resembling a reasoned refutation Generally he was still telling the story well and proving his point from that viewpoint of courseBuchanan’s argument that Nixon was a unifying force when the country was in turmoil is also very well crafted and as campaigns go brilliantly executed as long as we don’t include that whole Watergate mess The author refers to The Selling of the President which I have on my shelves and I found myself wondering whether the first election the one Nixon lost to Kennedy might have been the first in which the candidates were marketed like products Buchanan’s contention that Nixon lost to Kennedy largely due to looks charisma and the bias of the press is well documented I agreed with him The two candidates delivered the same message but Kennedy had a graceful surface and a powerhouse family brokering him whereas Nixon was an awkward workaholic uaker kid who didn’t understand the ropes yet But he wouldHere’s where the stars start falling off of my review it is one thing to write a persuasive text and choose what to discuss and what not But when the facts are not straight that’s a problem And had Buchanan read and resourced The Pentagon Papers—not just the summaries by the New York Times but the documents themselves which have been published for many decades and grace my own shelves—he would be forced to admit two things One of them is that LBJ had not erred in “failing” to sufficiently bomb North Vietnam The Pentagon Papers tell us that US forces were running low on pilots The North Vietnamese kept shooting them down and it takes a long time to train a pilot Although the propaganda dispersed by the White House said that the North Vietnamese targets had all been hit and therefore only South Vietnam would be bombed it was a lie built to cover up the damning truth which was that a military enemy that flew over Hanoi stood a good chance of going down in flames When too many pilots are getting dead you can’t keep doing the same thing You can make planes but training pilots takes timeThe other plain lie is in stating that Nixon was able to find a just and honorable way to end the war in Vietnam The goal all along had been to unify the country under the rule of the US backed government in Saigon The United States failed to do this Earlier in the text interestingly Buchanan admits that if the US were simply to withdraw and leave the whole thing up to the Vietnamese to decide the Vietnamese people would go with Hanoi In short although Nixon had the Oval Office when the troops came home it was a lost cause one which the United States had no business entering when Ike sent them in nor when Kennedy and LBJ escalated it nor when Nixon became president The people of Vietnam were virtually living in craters and they still won that war I know this is not something Buchanan would prefer to say but he could have dodged it simply by ending the memoir a little bit sooner when Nixon won in 1968A viewpoint is one thing; revisionism that falsifies history is another For a well told tale of how Nixon re crafted his campaign and won the presidency three stars Two others are lost for the reasons stated above

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The Greatest ComebackEd and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House In The Greatest Comeback Patrick J Buchanan who beginning in January 1966 served as one of two staff members to Nixon and would become a senior advisor in the White House after 1968 gives a firsthand account of those crucial years in which Nixon reversed his political fortunes during a decade marked by civil rights protests social revolution The Vietnam War the assassinations of JFK RFK and Martin Luther King urban riots campus anarchy and the rise of the New Left Using over 1000 of his own personal memos to Nixon with Nixon’s scribbled replies back Buchanan gives re. Excellent Strongly recommended to anyone who wants to know how US politics actually works in the making the sausage sense If you're offended by books like The Prince then stay away from this oneThis is a book about politics and political strategy Anyone with an interest in politics and history will be enthralled by Buchanan's work in The Greatest Comeback Nearly a day by day account of Nixon's attempt to run for President from 1966 to his victory in 1968 It puts the politics of today in perspective Matters in 1968 were significantly tumultuousI've read uite a bit works by or about recent politicians including G W Bush Cheney In My Time and Angler Reagan Selected Speeches Diaries Invisible Bridge Carter's excellent White House Diary Roosevelt Rough Riders and War Lovers but by far the most interesting are the words of and about Nixon Nixonland Nixon and Mao and Nixon's own In the Arena A Memoir of Victory Defeat and RenewalBuchanan's uniue perspective makes The Greatest Comeback perhaps the most enlightening and the most interesting of all of these Buchanan Nixon and one other staffer were together at the beginning of preparation for Nixon's first successful presidential campaign This book helps you to appreciate how difficult the election process in the United States is the difficulty of combining different racialindustrialinterest groups into a coalition large enough to get electedWhether or not you can appreciate Buchanan's political views his writing is measured intelligent and easy to digest This is an interesting picture of a complex man and candidate rising from the depths of political obscurity after two devastating losses His will grit determination intelligence political acumen and good timing allowed him to resuscitate his career and take him to the presidencyNixon's advisers covered the political spectrum showing that Nixon didn't agree entirely with any of them The advisers were a sounding board to better understand the reactions to each possible position So many interesting tidbits that none of the reviewers on Goodreads have even begun to summarize I'm tempted to read it again and take better notes The foreign policy bits trips to Isreal where Nixon was tipped off that he should engage China bringing Egypt into alliance with the US And much of the massively pro Israel US foreign policy that continues today started with Nixon's attempt to gain a larger share of the Jewish democratic vote Ironically he still captured less than 20% of that block At the same time Wallace in the south was a former democrat turned independent that was running on a pro segregation platform FascinatingNeed to read this one again