Biography (1996)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |  
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Synopsis by John Patrick Sheehan

This edition of Biography, the long running documentary series from A&E, explores the life of thirty-seventh U.S. President Richard Nixon. Nixon became Dwight Eisenhower's vice-president in 1952. After narrowly losing the presidency to Kennedy in 1960, Nixon lost a bid for governor of California in 1962, a loss which appeared to be the end of his political career. In 1968, Nixon came back to win the presidency , promising a quick end to the Vietnam war. In reality, he enlarged and continued America's active role until 1973. His administration was marked by social unrest at home, but he had some accomplishments in foreign relations, notably a 1972 arms treaty with the U.S.S.R. and opening of relations with Communist China. After being reelected by a landslide in 1972, Nixon was brought down by revelations of administration misdeeds collectively known as "Watergate."



history, politician, President, Watergate