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Nixon Biography Reveals Connection To Failed Vietnam Peace Talks

A worker cleans a wall mural of former President Richard Nixon in the lobby of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. on Oct. 5, 2016.
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A worker cleans a wall mural of former President Richard Nixon in the lobby of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. on Oct. 5, 2016.
Nixon Biography Reveals Connection To Failed Vietnam Peace Talks
Nixon Biography Reveals Connection To Failed Vietnam Peace Talks GUEST: John Farrell, author, "Richard Nixon: The Life"

With the increasing political polarization of the country, many progressives have looked at the presidency of Richard Nixon in a new light. They see a Republican who championed clean air and water legislation, signed the Title IX equal rights law and opened the door to relations with China.

But a new biography claims Nixon lied not just about the Watergate break-in scandal, but about his role in failed Vietnam peace talks in the run-up to his 1968 presidential victory. Author John Farrell cites notes from Nixon aide H. R. Haldeman showing Nixon played an active role in his campaign's attempt to prevent peace talks — which would have been illegal — under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Farrell's "Richard Nixon: The Life" also details Nixon's early campaign tactics, including his first run for Congress in 1946 when he wrote a note to himself to "set up" spies in his opponent's camp.

Farrell joined KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss what else he has learned about Nixon and his legacy on modern American politics.

Author Event

Where: First United Methodist Church of San Diego, 2111 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego

When: Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $40