Monica Crowley was a 21-year-old graduate student when, having answered an advertisement, she became Richard Nixon's research assistant in 1990. Gradually she evolved into a confidante who remained with him until his death four years later. In this book she records Nixon's assessments of world events and world leaders, both as he sat brooding over his papers and draft memoirs, and during his almost manic peregrinations around the world. Ultimately the shadow of Watergate hung over his every moment, leading to revelations which startled the young Crowley. This portrait of an enigmatic and reviled former US President reveals him discussing international affairs at length; he is also seen as an aged widower cooking spaghetti for himself, reflecting on scandal, ageing and dying, and craving the company of the young researcher to whom he can pontificate and with whom he can keep his faculties alive.
Part 1 January 16, 1994. Part 2 Nixon and the world: the end of the Cold War; Nixon and China; the Persian Gulf War; the legacy of Vietnam. Part 3 Scandal: Watergate; Kennedy, Clinton, Thomas and Packwood. Part 4 Reflections: on philosophy, religion and human nature; on family; on age, mortality and purpose. Part 5 The last Nixon.