Nixon remains one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures, the
only modern First Lady who never wrote a memoir. Beattie, like many of her
generation, dismissed Richard Nixon’s wife: “interchangeable with a Martian,”
she said. Decades later, she wonders what it must have been like to be married
to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man.
on a wealth of sources from Life magazine to accounts by Nixon’s
daughter and his doctor to The Haldeman Diaries and Jonathan Schell’s The
Time of Illusion, Beattie reconstructs dozens of scenes in an attempt to
see the world from Mrs. Nixon’s point of view. Like Stephen King’s On
Writing, this fascinating and intimate account offers readers a rare
glimpse into the imagination of a writer. Download and start listening now!