A Companion to Richard M. Nixon
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History 1. Aufl.
This companion offers an overview of Richard M. Nixon’s life, presidency, and legacy, as well as a detailed look at the evolution and current state, of Nixon scholarship. Examines the central arguments and scholarly debates that surround his term in office Explores Nixon’s legacy and the historical significance of his years as president Covers the full range of topics, from his campaigns for Congress, to his career as Vice-President, to his presidency and Watergate Makes extensive use of the recent paper and electronic releases from the Nixon Presidential Materials Project
List of Plates viii Notes on Contributors ix Introduction 1 Melvin Small Part I Pre-Presidential Years 5 1. Nixon Biographies 7 Iwan W. Morgan 2. The Pre-Political Years, 1913–1945 27 Joseph Dmohowski 3. Pat Nixon 49 Gil Troy 4. The Congressional Years 68 Anthony Rama Maravillas 5. The Alger Hiss Case 84 Athan G. Theoharis 6. The Richard Nixon Vice Presidency: Research Without the Nixon Manuscripts 102 Irwin F. Gellman 7. The Election of 1960 122 W. J. Rorabaugh Part II Domestic Policies 141 8. The Election of 1968 143 Melvin Small 9. The Election of 1972 164 Rick Perlstein 10. The Administrative Presidency 185 Karen M. Hult 11. Richard Nixon, the Great Society, and Social Reforms: A Lost Opportunity? 202 Romain Huret 12. Civil Rights Policy 212 Dean J. Kotlowski 13. Economic Policy 235 Nigel Bowles 14. Political Realignment 252 Robert Mason 15. Nixon and the Environment 270 Paul Charles Milazzo 16. Nixon and the Media 292 Tim Kiska 17. Nixon and Dissent 311 Katherine Scott 18. Nixon and Agnew 328 Justin P. Coffey Part III Foreign Policies 343 19. Foreign Policy Overview 345 Jussi M. Hanhimäki 20. Nixon and Kissinger 362 Robert D. Schulzinger 21. The Vietnam War 380 Jeffrey P. Kimball 22. Explorations of Détente 400 Keith L. Nelson 23. The China Card 425 Evelyn Goh 24. Nixon and Europe: Transatlantic Policy in the Shadow of Other Priorities 444 Luke A. Nichter 25. Latin America and the Quest for Stability 460 Mark Atwood Lawrence Part IV Post-Presidential Years 479 26. Watergate 481 Keith W. Olson 27. Nixon and Ford 499 John Robert Greene 28. Nixon’s Image: A Brief History 519 David Greenberg 29. The Nixon Tapes 546 Sahr Conway-Lanz Bibliography 563 Index 613
"A singularly impressive achievement, particularly in the high quality of the scholarly essays, the international diversity of the contributors, and the comprehensiveness of its coverage. I predict that it will quickly become the essential guide to the historical study of the Nixon years.” (Expofairs, 22 February 2013)
Melvin Small is Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus at Wayne State University. His numerous publications include Johnson, Nixon, and the Doves (1988), Covering Dissent: The Media and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement (1994), Democracy and Diplomacy: The Impact of Domestic Politics in U.S. Foreign Policy, 1789-1994 (1996), The Presidency of Richard Nixon (1999), Antiwarriors: The Vietnam War and the Battle for America’s Hearts and Minds (2003), and At the Water’s Edge: American Politics and the Vietnam War (2005).
Compelled to resign in 1974 during his second term in the Oval Office, Richard M. Nixon was a controversial and especially consequential figure in modern American history who left an indelible mark on American politics and culture. This companion offers an overview of Nixon’s life, presidency and legacy, as well as a detailed look at the central arguments and scholarly debates that surround his term in office. The essays examine his early years in California through to his three campaigns for congress, his vice-presidency, his presidency, and his legacy. An extensive section on his presidential years includes coverage of domestic issues, the elections, foreign policy, and Watergate. The paper and electronic documents recently released from the Nixon Presidential Materials Project are also incorporated throughout. A Companion to Richard M. Nixon brings together the world’s leading Nixon experts from the United States and abroad in an essential guide to the historical, political, cultural, and psychological analyses of the 37th president of the United States and the evolution and current state of Nixon scholarship.
"A comprehensive overview of Nixon's breakthrough foreign and domestic policies, with important comments on some of the leading Nixon literature, and written by highly knowledgeable scholars of the Nixon years." – Walter LaFeber, Tisch University Professor Emeritus, Cornell University "A singularly impressive achievement, particularly in the high quality of the scholarly essays, the international diversity of the contributors, and the comprehensiveness of its coverage. I predict that it will quickly become the essential guide to the historical study of the Nixon years.” – Thomas Schwartz, Vanderbilt University