The Lionheart and the Peach
Finished reading: King Richard: Nixon and Watergate–An American Tragedy by Michael Dobbs 📚 Incredible. Fascinating. Hard to put down.
(The fact that I went directly from an audiobook about King Richard I, by Marc Morris, to a book about Richard M. Nixon called King Richard is entirely coincidental. 👀 So is the fact that, according to this book, Nixon was named after Richard I, “Lionheart,” though that is a different Richard than Richard I, known as “Longshanks,” son of Henry III. Morris’ book explains the discrepency in numbering, having to do with the Norman Invasion. He didn’t refer to Richard the Lionheart as Richard I, though. Interesting too that the Morris book has “Great and Terrible” in its title, a point, though maybe not in those exact words, Dobbs makes about this “King” Richard, a dualism. Though “terrible” in the 13th century probably meant “inspires terror.”So the two books combined lead to the title of this post.)
I remember seeing on TV, when this was going on, a news report about protesters calling for the impeachment of the president. The camera panned down a line of people holding up signs. One after the other, the signs read “Impeach Nixon,” “Impeach Nixon.” At the end of the line was a little old lady holding up a sign that read: “Nixon Is a Peach.”
[Slight spoiler ahead about the book’s content]
I was disappointed that Dobbs wanted to structure the book a certain way that only covered the 100 days following Nixon’s second inauguration. It stops when the fight over the tapes begins. It’s an abrupt ending and I wanted to read about the rest. It’s otherwise an amazing book that draws extensively from the tapes themselves.