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A biography of Richard Nixon, the 37th president.


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Chapter 1

Introduction (4:04)
A biography of Richard Nixon, the 37th president.
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Chapter 2

The Silent Majority (7:20)
Born to a Quaker family of modest means, Nixon grows up in a small California town. He shows an early ambition and interest in politics.
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Chapter 3

The Important Thing is to Win (5:58)
Nixon attends law school, marries, and serves in World War II. In 1946, he uses aggressive tactics to win a seat in Congress.
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Chapter 4

The Concealed Enemy (6:47)
Nixon serves on the House Committee on Un-American Activities and investigates government official Alger Hiss as a Communist and spy.
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Chapter 5

The Pink Lady (3:52)
Implying that his opponent Helen Gahagan Douglas is a Communist, Nixon wins a seat in the Senate in 1950.
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Chapter 6

A Nixon Republican (9:28)
In 1952, Nixon weathers a hostile press and partisan attacks to position himself as the next Republican presidential nominee.
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Chapter 7

Eisenhower's Point Man (4:47)
Nixon handles political assignments as vice president. He governs cautiously for two months while Eisenhower recovers from a heart attack. In 1956, the team is re-elected in a landslide.
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Chapter 8

The Bronze Warrior (8:58)
In 1960, with the first televised presidential debates, Nixon loses a close presidential race to a tanned, charming Democratic senator, John F. Kennedy.
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Chapter 9

Oblivion (2:57)
When Nixon loses his California gubernatorial bid in 1962, his political career looks finished. He tells reporters, "you don't have Nixon to kick around anymore."
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Chapter 10

Triumph (15:19)
Nixon works as a Wall Street lawyer but keeps active in politics. In a remarkable comeback, he wins the presidency in 1968.
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Chapter 11

Peacemaker (6:47)
After assembling a loyal staff, Nixon sets out ambitious foreign policy goals with National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger.
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Chapter 12

Mr. Nixon's War (8:56)
The country remains bitterly divided over the Vietnam War as Nixon escalates attacks into Cambodia, trying to reach "an honorable end."
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Chapter 13

Living in a Bunker (9:19)
After National Guardsmen kill four students at Kent State University, tensions flare over the war. Nixon begins secretly taping White House conversations.
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Chapter 14

Enemies (6:41)
Nixon responds to negative press by creating an "enemies list." His staff and their agents target enemies with illegal measures.
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Chapter 15

To the Summit (7:44)
Nixon achieves foreign policy successes in China and the Soviet Union. Burglars working for Nixon's re-election committee break into the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee.
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Chapter 16

The Fall (9:36)
Nixon is re-elected in a landslide while the investigation into Watergate burglaries begins. After Nixon orders intensive bombing in Vietnam, peace talks lead to a cease-fire.
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Chapter 17

Secrets Unraveled (11:34)
After months of a White House cover-up, counsel John Dean reveals to federal prosecutors the administration's involvement in break-ins.
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Chapter 18

"I Am Not a Crook" (7:58)
In his testimony to the Senate Watergate Committee, John Dean charges Nixon with obstruction of justice. Congress subpoenas the White House tape recordings.
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Chapter 19

Constitutional Crisis (8:19)
Nixon refuses to comply with subpoenas. His vice president, charged with tax evasion, resigns. Nixon's attorney general refuses to fire the special Watergate prosecutor, and many call for Nixon's impeachment.
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Chapter 20

The Last Campaign (9:38)
Congress impeaches President Nixon, charging him with obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress.
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Chapter 21

The Judgment of History (6:32)
Nixon resigns from office. His successor Gerald Ford grants him a full pardon, but over 70 others are convicted of crimes.
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Chapter 22

Credits (1:43)
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Title Card: Part One: The Quest

MILITARY AIDE: [Farewell Press Conference, August 9, 1974] Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States of America and Mrs. Nixon, Mr. and Mrs. David Eisenhower, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cox.

NARRATOR: On August 9, 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon became the first president in the history of the United States to resign from office. His staff gathered in the White House to bid him farewell, as millions of Americans watched on television, some in sorrow and disbelief, others glad to see him go. Richard Nixon had accomplished great things as president and had been reelected overwhelmingly, but he was also widely distrusted, sometimes ridiculed, even despised.

President RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON: [August 9, 1974] You are here to say goodbye to us and we don't have a good word for it in English. The best is au revoir. We'll see you again.

JOHN EHRLICHMAN, Nixon Campaign Staff: Richard Nixon was studiedly different to different people. And I don't think there's any one person, including his wife probably, who could sit down and write the definitive explanation of Richard Nixon. We all saw him differently.

NARRATOR: He was a tireless campaigner, a survivor of more than a quarter of a century of political battle, yet so self-conscious that he disliked shaking hands and found it hard to look anyone in the eye.

Mr. NIXON: [campaigning for Congress] And I intend to continue to expose the people that have sold this country down the river until we have driven all the crooks and the Communists and those that defend them out of Washington, D.C.

NARRATOR: He rose to power as a crusader against Communism, only to make his most lasting mark building bridges to China and the Soviet Union.

He had millions of admirers all over the world, but trusted almost no one and in the end was left to face his enemies alone. The advice he offered his staff in his last speech as president stirred the thick August air with admonitions that seemed to apply most aptly to Nixon himself.

Pres. NIXON: [August 9, 1974] Always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them and then you destroy yourself.

ELLIOT RICHARDSON, Nixon Cabinet Member: It struck me from time to time that Nixon, as a character, would have been so easy to fix, in the sense of removing these rather petty flaws. And yet, I think it's also true that if you did this, you would probably have removed that very inner core of insecurity that led to his drive. A secure Nixon almost surely, in my view, would never have been president of the United States at all.


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