Friday, February 22, 2013
Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon's Checkers Speech and the "Rocking, Socking" Election of 1952
Surface. Richard Nixon was a fascinating and complex person, and reading about him can be interesting whether you supported his politics or not. Kevin Mattson’s book, Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon's Checkers Speech and the "Rocking, Socking" Election of 1952, presents a glimpse into one pivotal time period in Nixon’s life, and through that key time, allows readers to think about Nixon in what might be new ways. I’ve read a lot about Nixon, and found this short book to skim the surface and not quite delve into the complexity of the character and personality. Most general readers will find this book quick to read and for those less familiar with the Checkers speech and the campaign of 1952, there’s a cogent presentation of this time and selected key events. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase Just Plain Dick from amazon.com.