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alex beam

The same-name identity crisis

It’s Richard Nixon on the line.

I wanted to reach the author of “America — An Illusion of Freedom,” to find out what it was like to practice law in Southern California burdened with, or buoyed by, the same name as the California senator who later became the 37th president of the United States. (This Mr. Nixon uses an e-mail address in which “pres37th” comes before the symbol @.)

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