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In 1946, a young Navy lieutenant returned from war in the Pacific to set his sights on Congress. Within four years of that first win, he was a senator; within six, vice president. This biography charts the transformation of the idealistic young dreamer into the only US president to leave office in disgrace. Meticulously researched and scrupulously balanced, the book sets Nixon’s achievements – healthcare, civil rights, environmental reforms and détente with China – against the sinister legacy of McCarthyism and Watergate.