Treason --Nixon and the 1968 Election by Don Fulsom, Pelican '15, 320 pages, ASIN #1455619493. Index, notes, appendix, b&w images sprinkled through text.
"Few figures in U.S history have proven as brilliant at high-stakes power-wielding and brokering as Lyndon B. Johnson," writes political expert Don Fulsom in his new book. "The same could be said of Richard Nixon, his political rival, but according to former White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun Muriel Dobbin, 'Nixon was different, and I think you have to be careful to draw the difference. Johnson was ruthless and probably terrifying. But...there was nothing (Nixon) would not do...As the 1968 election approached, these two giants clashed in a high-stakes political battle royale, one of the nation's most dramatic and important little-known events.
'As we are only now grasping, the Johnson-Nixon showdown involved a potential national security crime of the highest magnitude--an unpatriotic act so extreme that it challenged the legitimacy of the election. Johnson caught Nixon embroiled in a clandestine attempt to torpedo United States-sponsored peace negotiations in Paris by manipulating the Vietnam War for his own political ends and by portraying himself as a dove in hawk's clothing. Nixon's moves were designed to bolster his own chances of defeating Democratic nominee Hubert H. Humphrey, Johnson's vice president.
"Most of the information President Johnson uncovered came from unimpeachable intelligence sources. It was considered so shocking by the president and his advisors that Johnson took it with him when he left the White House in 1969. This evidence was turned over to the LBJ Library, where it was placed in what came to be known as the 'X Envelope.' The envelope was sealed and was not supposed to be opened for 50 years. This book will fully examine and analyze this evidence, which Johnson's national security advisor Walt Rostow eventually came to believe should be made public much earlier than its originally prescribed release date."
Author Don Fulsom is an adjunct professor of government at American University, where his courses include Watergate: A Constitutional Crisis and Who Killed JFK? Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he earned his degree in history from Syracuse University. His impressive journalism career spanned five presidencies and sweeping global changes. Fulsom now lives in Washington, D.C.
The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse -- An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue by Piu Marie Eatwell, Liveright '15, $27.95, 338 pages, ASIN #1631491237. Picture credits, notes, select bibliography, grouping of b&w glossy images.
From the dust jacket:
"In 1898, an elderly widow, Anna Maria Druce, came to the British court with an astonishing request. She stood among the overflowing pews of St. Paul's Cathedral claiming that the merchant T.C. Druce, her late father-in-law, had in truth been a secret identity for none other than the deceased and enormously wealthy 5th Duke of Portland.
"Maintaining her composure amid growing agitation from the clutch of lawyers, journalists, and curious onlookers crowded into the church, Mrs. Druce claimed that Druce had been the duke's alter ego and that the Duke had, in 1864, faked the death of his middle-class doppelganger when he grew tired of the ruse. Mrs. Druce wanted the tomb unlocked and her father-in-law's coffin exhumed, adamant that it would lie empty, proving the falsehood and leaving her son to inherit the vast Portland estate. From that fateful afternoon, the lurid details of the Druce-Portland case spilled forth, seizing the attention of the British public for over a decade."
"As the Victorian era gave way to the Edwardian, the rise of sensationalist media blurred every fact into fiction, and family secrets and fluid identities pushed class anxieties to new heights. The 5th Duke of Portland had long been the victim of suspicion and scandalous rumors; an odd man with a fervent penchant for privacy, he lived his days in precisely coordinated isolation in the dilapidated Welbeck Abbey estate. He constructed elaborate underground passageways from one end of his home to the other and communicated with his household staff through letters."
Author Piu Marie Eatwell is an Oxford University graduate and has produced and researched historical documentaries for the BBC. She divides her time between Paris and London with her husband and three children.
The German War -- A Nation Under Arms, 1939--1945 -- Citizens and Soldiers by Nicholas Stargardt. BasicBooks '15, $35, 704 pages, ASIN #0465018998. Index, bibliography, notes, list of illustrations, three groupings of b&w glossy images and numerous b&w maps.
"The Second World War was a German war like no other," writes historian Nicholas Stargardt in the Introduction to his latest work. "The Nazi regime turned the conflict which it had started into the most horrific war in European history, resorting to genocidal methods well before building the first gas chambers in occupied Poland. The Third Reich was also unique in enacting its own 'total defeat' in 1945, in the process expending and exhausting all the moral and physical reserves of German society.
"Even the Japanese did not fight to the gates of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as the Germans fought for the Reich Chancellery in Berlin. To wage a war on this scale the Nazis had to harness levels of social mobilization and personal commitment which went far deeper than anything they had tried to achieve in the pre-war period. Yet, seventy years on, despite whole libraries of books about the war's origins, course and atrocities -- we still do not know what Germans thought they were fighting for or how they managed to continue their war until the bitter end.
"This book is about how the German people experienced and sustained this war."
Author Nicholas Stargardt is Professor of Modern European History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has written widely on 19th and 20th century German history. For 20 years, he has studied the experience of children and adults living under German rule in the Second World War. Stargardt lives in Oxford, England.
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