Lecture Date: March 20, 2018
The Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC Lecture
Speaker: John A. Farrell
With his jowls and ski-jump nose, divisive politics, and distinctive mode of speech, the only U.S. president to resign in disgrace needs little introduction: Richard Nixon is an American icon. But what lies beyond the caricature? How did a gifted young idealist evolve into a corrupt political gut-fighter? Why does he stir such passion, 50 years after his astonishing comeback clinched the White House amid the chaos of 1968? And what lessons does the story of Nixon’s fall from grace teach us, as President Trump meets fierce opposition and investigative scrutiny today? In Richard Nixon: The Life, said National Public Radio, author John A. Farrell succeeds at “humanizing” Nixon without excusing his transgressions – and offers gripping new looks at Nixon’s conduct of the Vietnam War, his undermining of the civil rights movement, the politics of polarization, and the behavior that led to Watergate.