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Conrad Black, Nixon, and the Red Scare: The Flight of the Eagle Concludes

Lord Black of Crossharbor revisits one of his favorite biographical subjects: that haunting enigma known as President Richard Millhouse Nixon.

Kathy Shaidle


July 2, 2013 - 7:00 am
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While serving time for whatever he supposedly did, newspaper baron Conrad Black taught history classes for his fellow prisoners.

Naturally, this prompted predictable “Geneva Convention” jokes among Black’s many detractors.

Even some of the prisoners were probably thinking, “This sure ain’t New Year’s Eve at Folsom.”

But ending up with Lord Black instead of “the Man in Black” isn’t the worst “punishment” I can imagine, although I can’t fathom how inmates without even GEDs coped with the former’s formidable vocabulary.

As I’ve stated before when talking about his latest book, Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America From Colonial Dependence to World Leadership, most of us could do far worse than have Conrad Black as a history teacher.

His enthusiasm is contagious, his erudition bracing, and his breadth of knowledge impressive.

(Maybe too impressive: While it purports to be a history of the United States, Flight… actually covers plenty of European ground, especially the continent’s martial and monarchical history from the eighteenth century onward. This isn’t a bonus if, like me, the very words “Habsburg” and “Crimea” can knock you into REM sleep faster than any hypnotist.)

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Watergate was simply the Left's revenge for Nixon's work with HUAC. He and Reagan are the only post WWII Presidents we've had who were at some time in their political career openly, even conspicuously, anti-communist. Both had to endure minor incidents being propagandized by the left in an attempt to weaken or unseat them. Reagan, a far more likeable and complete man who had much more loyal subordinates, endured Iran-Contra, Nixon, not a likeable men even to those who supported him and surrounded by the worst sort of self-serving weenies as only "mainstream" Republicans can attract, was brought down by the media and those self-serving weenies.
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It's time for a new book on Nixon, Reds, and the powerful pop culture that shapes how we teach these things now, aimed at students who are still hearing about Watergate as this unprecedented and never again repeated political stunt, among many other pop-driven fabulations.

Ms. Shaidle could be the anti-Zinn of education.
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“...seemed a rather ordinary man...”

Don't we usually discover this is true about all the political gods we conjure up to do for us what we should do ourselves? Obama is an ordinary man filled with an overripe ego.

We should remember this when we are tempted to fashion gods out of marble or granite.
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