Evan Thomas is the author of several bestselling works of history including THE WAR LOVERS, ROBERT KENNEDY, SEA OF THUNDER and, with Walter Isaacson, THE WISE MEN. Currently teaching at Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C.
What drove a painfully shy outcast in elite Washington society --- a man so self-conscious he refused to make eye contact during meetings --- to pursue power and public office? How did a president so attuned to the American political id that he won reelection in a historic landslide lack the self-awareness to recognize the gaping character flaws that would drive him from office and forever taint his legacy? In BEING NIXON, Evan Thomas peels away the layers of the complex, confounding figure who became America’s 37th president.
Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower set about to make good on his campaign promise to end the Korean War. He would take a colossal risk by bluffing that he might use nuclear weapons against the Communist Chinese, while at the same time restraining his generals and advisors who favored the strikes. Ike's gamble was of such magnitude that there could be but two outcomes: thousands of lives saved, or millions of lives lost.