Healing Richard Nixon: A Doctor's Memoir

Healing Richard Nixon: A Doctor's Memoir


By (author) John C. Lungren, Introduction by Rick Perlstein, By (author) John C. Lungren Jr

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  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
  • Format: Hardback | 204 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 226mm x 24mm | 490g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Lexington
  • ISBN 10: 0813122740
  • ISBN 13: 9780813122748
  • Sales rank: 1,741,346

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We remember George Washington as an austere figure standing in a rowboat crossing the icy Delaware River. We forget that he was ever a reluctant leader. It is even harder to imagine him wallowing in sentiment or advising teenagers on love and marriage. Despite his legendary stature, Washington did display raw emotion, seldom in public but often in the privacy of his diary. Paul M. Zall uses Washington's own words to restore him as an uncommon man subject to common human weakness. From an early age, Washington was determined to earn the respect of both peers and followers. No orator, he sought to secure his place in history through meticulously kept records. His words reveal how he forged his character on the frontier of his youth, tested it in the Revolution, and cemented it in the nation's founding. Combining Washington's personal diaries, journals, letters, and other sources, Washington on Washington offers a fresh perspective on one of the most enigmatic figures in American history.

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Paul M. Zall, Emeritus Professor of English at California State University at Los Angeles, is a research scholar at the Huntington Library. He is the author and editor of many books. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

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"An intimate look at Washington.... Offers a rare glimpse of how he saw himself and wanted to be seen." - John Ferling