Being Nixon

A must-read: Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas.

Bill Gates: “I was a little surprised to learn what a bad manager Nixon was. Although it doesn’t compare to his other failings, Nixon’s management style offers some good reminders of how not to run a team. He avoided conflict at all costs. His staff frequently left meetings with diametrically opposed views on what he had just asked them to do. Or he would be crystal-clear about what he wanted, while actually expecting his staff to ignore his demands. His team wisely blew off his repeated orders to break into the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, and steal a document that might be damaging to him.”

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  • I don’t care if he is dead: Dig up the corpse, impeach him, try him, drive a stake through his heart, cut his head off, stuff his mouth with garlic and bury him at a crossroads.

    • montag

      While you’re at it, also dig up St. Ronald of Reagan and bury him again with Tricky Dicky. They deserve each other.

  • Hagar32Grady

    I’ll say somptin’ nice for a change. He was a complicated man and He wasn’t Unka Dick FN Cheney !

    • Buford2k11

      I don’t know there Hagar….it just doesn’t sound right…both Dickies hurt us….

  • southerndemnut

    Nixon was a control-freak. That overshadowed everything he did. He was a partisan Republican, but wasn’t discriminatory about cutting them off any less than any Democrat if it got what he needed. Whether it be interpersonal relationships, or policy directives, very rarely did Nixon ever leave you alone. He had adversarial relationships with just about everyone.

  • Lee

    Alan Greenspan said that he was in a meeting of economic advisors in 1968 with then candidate Nixon, and he was put off as the President spent the first few minutes of the meeting letting loose with a non stop stream of obsenities. Greenspan said that Nixon had a “dual personality which he found very weird”, and he declined a position in Nixons first administration.

    Nixon might have suffered from schizoaffective disorder, which appeared to become more acute during the Watergate crisis.

  • Blue387

    Another recent book on Richard Nixon is *One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon* by Tim Weiner. Weiner was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR a few months ago.

  • graffito from my east village childhood: “Nix on Nixon”