I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday, the publisher. It was with the expectation that I would write a review and post it to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book because I have an avid interest in United States history and in particular presidential biographies. This is the first biography of Richard Nixon that I have read and the first book by John A. Farrell that I have read.
This book is well researched, documented and written. The author’s style makes the biography come to life and easy to read. It deals deeply into the mind of Nixon and the potential causes for his deep seeded insencurity and depression. He was a brilliant man who was haunted by demons that at times existed only in his mind and at other times were very real.
My only complaint about this biography is that his time after his resignation is given a once over lightly treatment in comparison to the rest of the book that left me feeling that the author felt that there was very little in value.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in presidential biographies and Richard Nixon in particular. But be prepared to be somewhat disappointed in the final chapters.