In 1988, NBC TV’s John Chancellor asked Richard Nixon how history would remember him. ‘History will treat me fairly. Historians probably won’t because most historians are on the left.’ Sadly, Stephen Ambrose does not include this illuminating exchange in the final volume of his three-part Nixon biography, but I hope that its subject is suitably munching his words, for his biographer achieves as even-handed an appraisal as Tricky Dicky is likely to see in his over-eventful lifetime.
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