I recently joined a group Blogging For Books because I love to read and I don't mind talking about it. This has nothing to do with dance, but we are allowed to digress...
Here my first review of Patrick Buchanan's "The Greatest Comeback". Why would I choose to read Buchanan's book you ask and for my first review? I don't know, but call me an equal opportunity optimist...and I wanted a hard copy of something and not digital!
FACT LACED WITH FICTION
The Greatest Comebackis a collection of political fact and fiction as told by Patrick J. Buchanan. The book details Buchanan’s relationship with Richard Nixon and his perspective on how the mighty Nixon made a great political comeback to become the 37th president of the United States. (Interestingly, Buchanan chose to ignore what Nixon did once he made it into the presidency.) The facts are built around Buchanan's first-hand accounts, talks, and meetings with several conservative whose-who and later close friends within the Republican Party. The fiction though seems to seep into every other sentence throughout the reading that portrays Nixon as an innocent victim, picked on by sleek, good-looking politicians, armed with deep pockets and questionable motives…motives that seem either too conservative or too liberal. Buchanan declares that Nixon was able to pull himself up from the political trenches of the 1960s, despite being plagued by a bickering Republican party, attacks from liberal media, and an infectious Communist movement. It also appears that this was made possible thanks to Buchanan's political and intellectual tenacity and enthusiasm.
I tried to give it the old college try, but honestly, I couldn't get through the entire book. While I found the stories of political protocol, office structure, and gentlemanly bathroom etiquette amusing, I found it overall frustrating and misguided. I had every intention of making it to the end and this intention was being chipped away with every page turn. What was left of my patience quickly evaporated when Buchanan first referred to the 1965 police incident that triggered the Watts riot ‘minor’ and second when this was followed by a citation from his own writing which blamed the clergy for encouraging civil disobedience. In hindsight, it may have been prudent for Buchanan to also acknowledge racism, unjust laws and police brutality as equal agitators of civil disobedience, but that is just my opinion.
We are all entitled to our versions of the truth, but I find it most helpful when an author acknowledges that opposing opinions hold equal claim in ownership in perceived truth and rightness. It is clear that from Buchanan's written texts cited throughout this book, to his most recent political declarations that he has still found a way to exist within a cleverly crafted cloud of reality.
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
Scene Lanie Reene