A Fantastic Review from CHOICE

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After losing the California governor’s race in 1962, Nixon announced the end of his political career, and he accepted a partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm. He became a valuable rainmaker for the firm, and he used his position to reconstitute his political base with wealthy contributors, a deep and talented campaign staff, and enhanced international experience. This culminated in his victory in the 1968 presidential campaign. The assistant managing editor of the American Bar Association’s trade journal, Li provides an excellent, straightforward narrative of how this transpired. The author places these transformational years within a quick survey of Nixon’s prior political career and a brief overview of his two administrations. The consistency of Nixon’s talents and flaws is evident in each phase of his career. The final chapter treats former colleagues and legal issues of the firm during Nixon’s presidency. The epilogue touches on recent presidential players’ engagements with prestigious law firms. Although this focused and manageable account relies more on interviews and printed sources than on extensive archival research, it deserves consideration in competition with John Farrell’s or Evan Thomas’s recent, massive Nixon biographies.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. 
— CHOICE

Podcast Interview: "New Books Network."

I really enjoyed being interviewed by New Books Network (which operates under the auspices of Amherst College Press) about "Nixon in New York." Thanks to Mark Klobas for speaking with me!

Podcast Interview: "The Modern Law Library"

I was a guest on ABA Journal's "Modern Law Library" podcast to talk "Nixon in New York." It was a blast - albeit weird being on the other side of an interview, for once. Thanks to my distinguished colleague, Lee Rawles, for speaking with me.

"Nixon in New York:" A new book looks at how a law firm stint revived his political and presidential prospects. (ABA Journal excerpt)

 Richard Nixon campaigns in Chicago in 1968 (image via  WikiMedia Commons ).

Richard Nixon campaigns in Chicago in 1968 (image via WikiMedia Commons).

An excerpt of Nixon in New York that was published in the May issue of ABA Journal. Thanks to my wonderful colleagues at the Journal for running it!

Rudy

Rudy

On Thursday, former New York mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani announced he would be joining President Donald Trump's legal team. Giuliani, like Trump, a twice-divorced former Democrat who had, previously, advocated on behalf of abortion rights, gun control, and gay rights,  had once been a summer associate at Nixon Mudge. And like the firm namesake, Giuliani had tried to join a law firm in preparation for making a run for Presidency in 2008. In this latest excerpt from Nixon in New York: How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White Houseread all about how it didn't work out so well for him. 

Anna Chennault 1925-2018

Anna Chennault 1925-2018

Anna Chennault passed away on March 30, 2018 at the age of 94. The Chinese-born journalist and political power broker played a major role in Richard Nixon's 1968 Presidential campaign. Read an excerpt about her and Nixon from my upcoming book: Nixon in New York: How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White House.

Nixon Mudge

Nixon Mudge

Richard Nixon had decided to leave California and move to New York after his devastating loss in the 1962 gubernatorial election. But what would he do once he got to the Big Apple? Read another excerpt from my upcoming book, Nixon in New York: How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White House. 

The Last Press Conference (Part I)

The Last Press Conference (Part I)

An excerpt from my upcoming book, Nixon in New York: How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White House. This section marks one of the most famous concession speeches in American politics - and one that, by all rights, should have ended Nixon's political career once and for all. Of course, things didn't exactly work out that way...