Richard Nixon

impeachment

Impeachment is regime suicide

2 October 2019 12:57 am

The Democratic party and the chattering classes are playing a dangerous game with impeachment. Their are two modern precedents —…

The inventor of gonzo journalism: Hunter S. Thompson, in his heyday in the 1960s

How fear and loathing of Nixon sent Hunter S. Thompson crazy

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Hunter Stockton Thompson blazed across the republic of American arts and letters for too short a time. When in February…

50 years after Bobby Kennedy’s murder, the ‘deep state’ still reigns supreme

9 June 2018 9:00 am

New York   This week 50 years ago saw the assassination of Robert Kennedy, a man I met a couple…

Why isn’t the Millennium Falcon called the Millennium Pigeon?

Darth Vader is dirty and it’s not just me that thinks so

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Malcolm Tucker delivered the best description of Star Wars, in The Thick of It: ‘The one about the fucking hairdresser,…

Frost was an effective interviewer because he was never combative — hence the famous admission of failure that he extracted from Nixon in 1974 (above) and from Blair in 2003

David Frost’s tablet in Poet’s Corner should have read: ‘To the Unknown Television Presenter’

29 October 2015 9:00 am

On 13 March 2014 a congregation of 2,000 people, including many of the great and the good, gathered in Westminster…

Alger Hiss attends his trial (Photo: Getty)

Alger Hiss: Tricky Dick’s scapegoat

26 September 2015 8:00 am

In the more than 40 years since Richard Nixon resigned as president — disgraced as much by his inveterate lying…

The stars of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe: Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Propaganda is said to work best when based upon a grain of truth. Ukip! The Musical assumes that most electors…

Two ways to disgrace a president

8 November 2014 9:00 am

On 21 October Ben Bradlee, the famous ex-editor of the Washington Post, died, aged 93. The day before that, on…

All Worsthorne’s men: Hoover, surprisingly nice; Truman, smiling until Perry spoke; Eisenhower, who mocked his name; Kennedy, a hero; LBJ, a boor; Nixon, a friend; Reagan; and the first Bush

Bourbon from Bush, envy from Nixon... and running into Herbert Hoover: encounters with eight presidents

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I feel a bit of a fraud writing about the ‘presidents I knew’, since journalists do not really get to…

Henry Kissinger interview: ‘I don’t see the wisdom there once was’

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Henry Kissinger doesn’t believe in retirement. At 91, having had a heart-valve operation three months ago, he is nonetheless publishing…

The many lives of Richard Nixon

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Winston Churchill once said of politics that it’s ‘almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war you…

Harry Shearer on bringing out Richard Nixon’s feminine side

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Hollywood tends to treat Richard Nixon as an oafish B-movie villain, so it is ambitious and original of Harry Shearer…

The wounded Kennedy – and the people who gave him strength

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Ten years ago, a determined historian transformed our picture of John F. Kennedy. Robert Dallek had finally got his hands…