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When he spoke to his staff in the East Room of the White House 45 years ago today, Richard Nixon did more than speak for the last time as president. He urged his staff—and the watching nation—to remember that “only those who have been in the deepest valley” can ever appreciate “how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” He could not have known it at the time, but those would become some of the most prophetic words he ever spoke as he began his exile from public life.
This August represents the 45th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation and the beginning of his exile. Until now, much of his life after leaving the White House has been hidden. His post-presidential papers have been privately held by the Nixon family since his death in 1994. In writing my new book about this period, After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon, I was able to secure access to these files. What I found is that Nixon may have lost formal power, but he never lost the power to influence foreign policy. Indeed, his achievements as an informal adviser to three presidents were nothing short of extraordinary.
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Almost from the outset of his post-presidency, Nixon saw the way forward as one where he would be, as he wrote in his diary in late 1974, “writing a book—maybe one, maybe more—and follow it with speeches, television where possible, which will maybe put things in perspective.” This proved to be the roadmap he pursued over the next 20 years. His books on foreign policy became bestsellers; and his television appearances drew huge audiences. Forty-five million viewed the first episode of the Frost interviews--to this day the most-watched political interview in history....
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