Blavatt Family Lecture

After the Fall: How Richard Nixon Waged a Comeback That Changed History

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon became the first and only U.S. president to resign from office—to avoid almost certain impeachment. Utterly disgraced, he was forced to flee the White House with a small cadre of advisors and family. Richard Nixon was a completely defeated man.

Yet only a decade later, Nixon was a trusted advisor to presidents, dispensing wisdom on campaign strategy and foreign policy, shaping the course of U.S.-Soviet summit meetings, and representing the U.S. at state funerals—the very model of an elder statesman.

How did he do it? Nixon leveraged his still sharp mind, his peerless political instincts, his deep connections with foreign leaders—but, above all, his stubborn refusal to accept defeat—to achieve a political restoration as astonishing as the fall that preceded it.

Kasey S. Pipes is a biographer, historian, and consultant.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

College Union Ballroom

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Political Science Department, Public Policy Department, Eisenhower Institute
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Rodger Goodacre

Rodger Goodacre left a positive review 10/29/2019

Excellent speaker. Very well done.