Nixon in New York: How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White House

Nixon in New York: How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White House

by Victor Li


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Richard Nixon’s loss in the 1962 gubernatorial election in California was more than just a simple electoral defeat. His once-promising political career was in ruins as he dropped his second high-profile race in as many years. Nixon, himself, rubbed salt in his own self-inflicted wounds by delivering a growling, bitter concession speech that made him seem like a sore loser. In the months following his defeat and self-immolation, he left California to move to New York so that he could work for a prestigious Wall Street law firm. His new career only seemed to confirm what everyone already knew: Richard Nixon was finished as a politician.
Except, he wasn’t. Nixon’s political resurrection was virtually unprecedented in American history role, and he had his law firm to thank for paving his way to the White House. His role as public partner at Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie & Alexander was the ideal platform for him as he looked to reinvent himself after his back-to-back losses in 1960 and 1962. Nixon’s firm gave him access to deep-pocketed clients, many of whom became donors when he decided to take the plunge in 1968. Furthermore, working for so many international clients allowed him to travel the world and burnish his foreign policy credentials – a vital quality that voters were looking for as the Cold War raged on and the Vietnam War showed no signs of slowing down. Nixon’s time at the firm also allowed him to build a formidable campaign staff consisting of top-notch lawyers, researchers and writers – a staff that did just about everything for him when it came time to ramp up for the 1968 campaign.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683930020
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 09/13/2019
Series: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Law, Culture, and the Humanities Series
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 8.65(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Victor Li is an assistant managing editor with theABA Journal, covering the business of law and legal technology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: “You Won’t Have Nixon To Kick Around Anymore!”
Chapter 2: “A Politician Does Not Change His Base.”
Chapter 3: “The Fast Track.”
Chapter 4: “I Have Never Asked Anybody For Business.”
Chapter 5: “There But For The Grace Of God, Go I.”
Chapter 6: “Mentally Dead In Two Years And Physically Dead in Four.”
Chapter 7: “Why Are These Men For Nixon?”
Chapter 8: “A Chronic Campaigner.”
Chapter 9: “I Always Knew I Wouldn’t Be Permitted To Win A Big Appeal Against
The Press.”
Chapter 10: “The Purpose Of This Group Is To Begin Planning, Now, To Win The
Chapter 11: “He Wanted Prestige.”
Chapter 12: “The Word Is Out That Mudge Is In.”

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