Frost/Nixon

If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to see Frost/Nixon, the film recreation of British talk show host David Frost‘s historic interviews with former President Richard M. Nixon in 1977.  The first of these interviews, in which Watergate was discussed, is still considered the most watched news interview in television history.  The movie, directed by Ron Howard, is an adaptation of a play written by Peter Morgan, first performed in London in 2006.  

Actor Frank Langella‘s portrayal of Nixon is dead-on, evincing both the former president’s political acumen as well as his neuroses.  Michael Sheen‘s performance as the glib, jet-setting Frost is equally convincing.  No doubt the film will help to introduce yet another, younger generation to Watergate, Nixon and all the political pathos of that era.

If you’d like to read more about Richard Nixon, we’ve probably got a book or two which you’ll enjoy.  Our more recent titles include:  Nixonland:  The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein; Richard Nixon:  A Life in Full by Conrad Black; Very Strange Bedfellows:  The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew by Jules Witcover; Nixon and Mao:  The Week That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan; The First Modern Campaign:  Kennedy-Nixon and the Election of 1960 by Gary A. Donaldson; Richard M. Nixon by Elizabeth Drew; President Nixon:  Alone in the White House by Richard Reeves; and No Peace, No Honor:  Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam by Larry Berman.

We also have The Conviction of Richard Nixon:  The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews by James Reston, Jr.  Reston, who was a Morehead scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill and taught creative writing there during the 1970s, was a consultant to Frost during the interviews. 

And of course, you can also search Facts on File for articles about the original Frost-Nixon interviews.

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  1. Put Nixon in historical context by browsing his life timeline at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum: http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/

    The Watergate exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum immerses the visitor in one of the most critical constitutional crises in the nation’s history. View film reels, listen to tapes at http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/museum/exhibits/watergate_files/index.html

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