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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Don Fulsom
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (2012, Jan 31st).
A veteran White House reporter reveals our 37th president was even more sinister and haunted than we knew.Richard Nixon left the White House in 1974 as our most disgraced president, but the American people never knew the full extent of his demons, deceptions, paranoia, prejudices, hatreds, and chicanery.Calling on his work in covering Nixon, scores of interviews with members of Congress, White House staffers, and others close to our nation’s thirty-seventh president, and invaluable, newly declassified documents and recordings, veteran journalist Don Fulsom sheds new light on “Tricky Dick.” The author’s revelations include:That the future president sabotaged the 1968 peace talks for political gainBy the time Nixon became president in 1969, he had linked to the mob for more than two decades and, as president, had a close connection with New Orleans boss Carlos Marcello, the most powerful Mafioso in the nationThe president had a drinking problem and top aides referred to him as "Our Drunk"Nixon had a misogynist streak and was abusive toward first lady Pat NixonThe intimate and possibly homosexual nature of Nixon's relationship with confidante Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, a banker with mob tiesTestimony alleging that the president had ordered the killing of White House reporter Jack AndersonFulsom’s examination of these and other startling aspects of Nixon’s personal and political dimensions paint an unflinching portrait of a leader who was once the most powerful man in the world. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It (Discovering America)Author/Actors/Director/etc.: H. W. Brands
Publisher: University of Texas Press (2011, Oct 1st).
The world runs on the U.S. dollar. From Washington to Beijing, governments, businesses, and individuals rely on the dollar to conduct commerce and invest profitably and safely—even after the global financial meltdown in 2008 revealed the potentially catastrophic cost of the dollar's hegemony. But how did the greenback achieve this planetary dominance a mere century and a half after President Lincoln issued the first currency backed only by the credit—and credibility—of the federal government?In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar's astonishing rise to become the world's principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. moreMore Info | Check Availability