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Don't bother with "giv[ing] Being Nixon another chance." Since you were put off by the introduction (and your description of it is spot on), you won't like the remaining 500 or so pages any better. Thomas returns again and again to the same themes throughout. All I could think of as I finished it was that fairness in a biography doesn't demand complete balance; Thomas is, as you suggest, so determined to be fair that he can't see the imbalance in Nixon's character and psyche, which ultimately limits the usefulness of his narrative. In short, just because "Nixon’s inclination toward the dark side has long been a cliché" doesn't mean it isn't true--and in the end, biographies should aim for the truth.
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