King Richard: Nixon and Watergate--An American Tragedy


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Knopf Publishing Group
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6.6 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.68 pounds

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About the Author

MICHAEL DOBBS was born and educated in Britain, but is now a U.S. citizen. He was a long-time reporter for The Washington Post, covering the collapse of Communism as a foreign correspondent. He has taught at leading American universities, including Princeton, the University of Michigan, and Georgetown. His previous books include the best-selling One Minute to Midnight on the Cuban missile crisis, which was part of an acclaimed Cold War trilogy. He lives outside Washington, D.C.


A New York Times Book to Watch

The potent research and narrative skills of Michael Dobbs reach new heights in King Richard, his Shakespearean study of the endlessly compelling self-inflicted fall of Richard Nixon. Here again, as he did in his study of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Dobbs applies his signature technique of revealing character through the dramatic compression of time. It makes for illuminating and addictively readable history.
--David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story

Michael Dobbs is a master at narrative history. By focusing on the most critical 100 days of Watergate, and by sticking closely to the written and spoken record, Dobbs is able to bring to life the tragedy of Richard Nixon in a way no one else has. A truly gripping read and a moving portrait.
--Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon

A balanced but frank account of a critical period in Richard Nixon's downfall and a valuable addition to the literature of this dramatic era in American political history... Engrossing.

The strength of the work stems from Dobbs's bringing lesser-known events into clear focus... Spanning biography and history, this is a gripping narrative and a fine account of events in the presidency. Recommended for readers unfamiliar with Watergate or in need of a refresher.
--Library Journal

The unraveling of Richard Nixon's presidency plays out in intimate detail in this vivid recreation of a key period in the Watergate scandal.... Dobbs skillfully quotes from the tapes to paint colorful, nuanced portraits of White House yes-men, a manipulative Henry Kissinger, and a Nixon who is vulnerable, melancholy, paranoid and vengeful...The result is an indelible study of a political antihero.
--Publishers Weekly, starred

This is a compelling, moment-by-moment narrative, psychological as much as political, offering a sense of intimacy with the beleaguered Nixon without mawkishness.
--Booklist, starred

Spellbinding... Masterful... The author delivers an intimate, engrossing picture of Nixon as a visionary man "obsessed with privacy and solitude," an affectionate husband and father, and a gut-fighting outsider mystified by power and all its trappings, styling himself as a kind of blend of Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Disraeli, and Charles de Gaulle. A riveting portrait of ambition, hubris, betrayal, and the downfall of an American president
--Kirkus, starred

Rich and kaleidoscopic... In [Dobbs'] wry and absorbing narrative I sensed an ironic dimension... A portrait of a petulant, insecure man who fancied himself king, or something like it... King Richard distinguishes itself in part by limiting its narrative mostly to the first hundred days after Nixon's second inauguration... This circumscribed frame allows Dobbs to deploy his observational gifts to full effect... Out of this raw material, Dobbs has carved out something intimate and extraordinary, skillfully chiseling out the details to bring the story to lurid life.
--Jennifer Szalai, New York Times