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Response to hifiguy (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 30, 2014, 10:26 PM

15. Right.

I had gotten out my copy of Perlstein's book this morning. I think it is one of the most important books on the presidency that I've had the pleasure of reading. Glad to see you have a very high opinion of it, too.

It's interesting, in regard to your last point: I don't think his wife really knew him, either. Only on a relatively surface level. Perhaps the daughters had closer relationships with him, as he seemed to have taken an interest in their lives .....maybe even, to an extent, on an emotional level.

On the ride home from the book store, my son said, "What you really are describing sounds much more like a mobster with an inferiority complex, than a president." That describes part of Nixon.

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