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Nixon’s legacy

Walter McDougall considers Nixon’s legacy at a speech given at the Nixon Library. While I am no Nixon fan (especially on domestic policy), McDougall’s piece is good. Notice that he considers some history textbooks’ views of Nixon, and what he finds. One Western Civ textbook mentions Nixon only once, that he visited Latin America in 1959 when he was pelted with eggs and rocks!  

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I remember when Nixon died, some East Asian media (who were realist "conservative" in the Zakaria sense) went as far as claiming that Richard Nixon was solely responsible for winning the Cold War (and that Ronald Reagan was a "buffoon" etc etc) and so for them Nixon was "the grestest US post-WWII president". I think this has gone too far, but I think McDougall’s article represented the US foreign policy (and European) establishment "conservative" stand.

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