304 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1493-9
Published: March 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7592-6
Published: October 2005
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Nixon's "silent majority" speech of 1969 not only undermined the growth of the antiwar movement, Mason shows, but also identified a constituency for Nixon to cultivate in order to secure reelection. However, the implementation of his new-majority project was hindered by the resort to dirty tricks against political opponents and the ineffectual pursuit of a policy agenda. Although some Nixon initiatives were enacted, says Mason, they were not substantial enough to rival the Democrats' bread-and-butter issues. While Nixon built Republican strength at the presidential level, Mason argues that he did not succeed in mobilizing popular support for broad-based political conservatism.
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Robert Mason is lecturer in history at the University of Edinburgh.
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"[An] authoritative and scholarly appraisal."--ForeWord
"Mason does a fine job of bringing us back to the turbulent days of the 1960s and 1970s. He makes excellent use of archival materials and his writing is lively and accessible. . . . He executes his task with skill and insight."--American Historical Review
"An important contribution."--Journal of American History
"Interesting, tightly focused. . . . A strong book."--Choice
"This informed account is strongly recommended for academic and large public library collections."--Library Journal
"Richard Nixon and the Quest for a New Majority is a detailed and workmanlike study."--Claremont Review of Books