Patrick J. Buchanan tells the definitive story of Nixon’s resurrection from the political graveyard and his rise to the presidency.
The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority
Patrick J. Buchanan
- Imprint: Crown Forum
- On sale: July 8, 2014
- Price: $28.00
- Pages: 400
- ISBN: 9780553418637
After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Richard Nixon’s career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike. Yet on January 20, 1969, just six years after he had said his political life was over, Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as thirty-seventh president of the United States. How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shattered and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House?
In THE GREATEST COMEBACK: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority (Crown Forum; Hardcover; July 8, 2014), bestselling author Patrick J. Buchanan offers the ultimate insider’s account of one of the twentieth- century’s most remarkable political victories.
In the book, Buchanan—who, beginning in January 1966, served as one of two staff members to Nixon and would become a senior adviser in the White House after 1968—gives a firsthand account of those crucial years in which Nixon reversed his political fortunes during a decade marked by civil rights protests; social revolution; the Vietnam War; the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King; urban riots; campus anarchy; and the rise of the New Left. Using more than a thousand of his own personal and never-before-seen memos to Nixon, marked with Nixon’s scribbled replies, Buchanan gives readers a behind-the-scenes view as Nixon gathers the warring factions of the Republican party—from the conservative base of Barry Goldwater to the liberal wing of Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney, to the New Right legions of an ascendant Ronald Reagan—into the victorious coalition that won him the White House. How Richard Nixon united the party behind him may offer insights into how the Republican Party today can bring together its warring factions.
Published in advance of the fortieth anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation, THE GREATEST COMEBACK is an intimate portrayal of the thirty-seventh president and a fascinating fly-on-the-wall account of how this master politician reconstructed a broken career, revived a broken party, and created a New Majority.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN, America’s leading populist conservative, was a senior adviser to three U.S. presidents, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party’s presidential candidate in 2000. The author of eleven other books, Buchanan is a syndicated columnist and founding member of three of America’s foremost public affairs shows: NBC’s The McLaughlin Group and CNN’s Capital Gang and Crossfire. He lives in McLean, Virginia.