The Nixon Presidency: Power and Politics in Turbulent Times

The Nixon Presidency: Power and Politics in Turbulent Times

The Nixon Presidency: Power and Politics in Turbulent Times

The Nixon Presidency: Power and Politics in Turbulent Times


The first study to integrate and interrelate key elements of the Nixon presidency, the volume traces Nixon's rise and fall emphasizing his presidency and Watergate. Also an investigation of "the presidency" broadly defined, the work is informed by concerns of both traditional political biography and of contemporary presidential scholarship. Genovese raises issues and questions vital to the presidency as he focuses on Nixon as political leader and on his style of decisionmaking and management. He concludes with an analysis of Nixon's impact on and legacy to the presidency.


Writing this book was a much more formidable task than I had imagined, and as is the case with any author, I have acquired enormous debts. Scores of students, colleagues, friends, and scholars at other institutions deserve mention.

First of all, my thanks and gratitude extend to the many people at Loyola Marymount University who gave so generously of themselves to assist me in this work: to the students who constantly challenged and pushed me; to my colleagues upon whose expertise and friendship I called so often; to the staff of the Loyola Marymount University library, especially Tom Carter; and to Anthony B. Brzoska, S. J., and Albert P. Koppes, O.Carm., administrators who supported me throughout the course of my research and writing.

Research grants from Loyola Marymount University allowed me to spend considerable time examining the Nixon Presidential Papers. Jim Hastings, Fred Graboske, and the staff at the National Archives branch in Alexandria, Virginia (home of the Nixon presidential materials), were helpful beyond normal professional courtesy. The staff of the Nixon Book Collection at Whittier College's library were also very generous with their time. Friends in the Presidency Research Group gave generously of their time and expertise. And my thanks also to those who consented to be interviewed. I also owe a debt to the organizers of the 1987 Conference on the Nixon Presidency at Hofstra University, where I had the opportunity to meet with a number of officials from the Nixon administration.

My research assistants--Malia Adler, Ada Fermin, Sharon Morey, Kathleen Plaisted, Michelle Wright, and Alice Zayas--were patient and thorough, and put up with my many requests for "a little more material." Thanks also to my typists, Margaret Edwards, Ruth Goodrich, Debra McNamee, and Carole Keese.

A very special thanks to William Lammers of the University of Southern California, Seth Thompson of Loyola Marymount University, Michael Carey . . .

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