Richard Nixon as a lieutenant commander in the Navy in 1944 (AP)Richard Nixon as a lieutenant commander in the Navy in 1944 (AP)

The Atlantic: “We Shall Not See His Like Again”

    First reviews are in for Patriot. President. Peacemaker the new Richard Nixon Centennial exhibit at the Nixon Presidential Library.

    John Aloysius Farrell of The Atlantic:

    He volunteered for duty in a combat zone and badgered his superiors for assignment to the front. He dove for cover during enemy air raids, and glossed over the danger in his letters home. He ached for the love of his life. He inveigled like Milo Minderbinder. And he made a killing at cards.

    “You asked how much of the $675 was from poker,” Dick Nixon wrote his wife, Pat, in July 1944. “All of it! In fact I’ve won over a thousand to date. More about that later.”

    A cache of previously unseen correspondence from the young Navy officer, on duty in the South Pacific in 1943 and 1944, is a highlight of a new exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of his birth. It opens Friday at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.

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