Nixon Volume I: The Education of a Politician 1913-1962 by Stephen E. Ambrose

By Stephen E. Ambrose

From acclaimed biographer Stephen E. Ambrose comes the lifetime of probably the most elusive and interesting American political figures, Richard M. Nixon. From his tough boyhood and earnest formative years to bis ruthless political campaigns for Congress and Senate to his defeats in '60 and '62, Nixon emerges life-size in all his complexity. Ambrose charts the peaks and valleys of Nixon's first fifty years -- his serious aid as a freshman congressman of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; his involvement in the home Committee on Un-American actions; his competitive pursuit of Alger Hiss; his ambivalent dating with Eisenhower; and extra. it's the consummate biography; it's a attractive political odyssey.

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Nixon Volume I: The Education of a Politician 1913-1962

From acclaimed biographer Stephen E. Ambrose comes the lifetime of some of the most elusive and exciting American political figures, Richard M. Nixon. From his tricky boyhood and earnest early life to bis ruthless political campaigns for Congress and Senate to his defeats in '60 and '62, Nixon emerges life-size in all his complexity.

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He was quite a talker. ”5 He also liked to be read to. In 1918, when Hannah was pregnant again, Frank got a hired girl to help her around the house. The girl, Elizabeth Guptill Rez, later recorded that at night she would tuck in the boys in a little back bedroom. Then she would read poetry to them. Richard especially liked James W. Riley’s poems, and asked to have them read over and over. Then there were prayers: “He’d clasp his little hands and close his eyes, and you could just feel it,” Elizabeth recalled.

At her house no servant ever ate at a separate table. They always ate with the family. ” Most of all, Almira held the family together.  . She was a prolific letter writer. 3 Almira was a staunch Republican, as were most Quakers with their abolitionist backgrounds and dedication to hard work and thrift. “She virtually worshipped Lincoln,” Richard Nixon later recalled. “On my thirteenth birthday she gave me, in addition to a very welcome five-dollar bill, a picture of her idol. Underneath, written in her own hand, was the last part of Longfellow’s Psalm of Life.

Nearly every time I visited them I borrowed a copy,” Nixon wrote in his memoirs. ”24 His ambition was to be a railroad engineer, a job with prestige that would allow him to travel. The one toy the boys possessed was a small electric train set; whenever they played with it, Richard insisted on being the engineer. 25 WHEN HE BEGAN grade school, in 1918, he participated actively in the school-yard baseball and football games, but his coordination was poor, he was slow of foot and below average in size, so in no way did he stand out.

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