Posted by: Matt Compton | December 11, 2008

Reviewing Nixonland, properly

When I originally finished Nixonland back in April, my conclusion was that I liked it more than I loved it.

But after months of considering the book (and living through a presidential election where voters screamed, “Kill Him!” in reference to my party’s nominee), I’ve decided that the weaknesses are smaller than I originally thought, and they are far outweighed by the book’s strengths.

My review in Boldtype.



  1. Dude:

    1/ You realize that “kill him” story was cooked up by some MSM hack looking to see that Barry got elected, right? Please see below:

    “Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.

    “I was baffled,” he said after reading the report in Wednesday’s Times-Tribune.

    He said the agency conducted an investigation Wednesday, after seeing the story, and could not find one person to corroborate the allegation other than Singleton.

    Slavoski said more than 20 non-security agents were interviewed Wednesday, from news media to ordinary citizens in attendance at the rally for the Republican vice presidential candidate held at the Riverfront Sports Complex. He said Singleton was the only one to say he heard someone yell “kill him.”

    2/ If some nutteer did decide to shout “kill him” with regard to Obama, how would that affect the merits of this book.

    By the way, am about 100 pages in and am still making my mind up about the book.

    Respectfully, T

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