In “Just Plain Dick” the historian Kevin Mattson analyzes Nixon’s famous 1952 “checkers speech” and the presidential campaign of that year. In that speech, the most-watched television broadcast to that point, Nixon responded to charges that he received immoral, if not illegal, campaign funds from businessmen. Those knowledgeable about Nixon’s famously inadequate televised debates in 1960 against JFK will be surprised to learn the genius of the Checkers speech.
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