Review of “Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972 (Vol 2)” by Stephen Ambrose

My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

Published in 1989, “Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972” is the second book in Stephen Ambrose’s biographical trilogy covering the life of Richard Nixon. Ambrose was a historian and author who remains one of the best-known biographers of Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. Unfortunately, allegations of plagiarism and exaggeration have tarnished his reputation. Ambrose died in 2002 at the age of sixty-six.

This 662-page biography covers Nixon from just after his 1962 defeat in the race to become California’s governor to his re-election as President of the United States ten years later. This volume exhibits many of the attributes of the inaugural book in this series: remarkable balance toward its subject, careful organization and an uncommonly unpretentious and readable style.

With its lively and comprehensible narrative this book moves faster than its length might suggest. Readers familiar with Ambrose’s other biographies will recognize his careful balance…

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