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The Last Liberal Republican: An Insider's Perspective on Nixon's Surprising Social Policy

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The Last Liberal Republican is a memoir from one of Nixon’s senior domestic policy advisors. John Roy Price, a member of the moderate wing of the Republican Party, a co-founder of the Ripon Society, and an employee on Nelson Rockefeller’s campaigns, joined Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and later John D. Ehrlichman, in the Nixon White House to develop domestic policies, especially on welfare, hunger, and health. Based on those policies, and the internal White House struggles around them, Price places Nixon firmly in the liberal Republican tradition of President Theodore Roosevelt, New York governor Thomas E. Dewey, and President Dwight Eisenhower. Price makes a valuable contribution to our evolving scholarship and understanding of the Nixon presidency. Nixon himself lamented that he would be remembered only for Watergate and China. The Last Liberal Republican provides first hand insight into key moments regarding Nixon’s political and policy challenges in the domestic social policy arena. Price offers rich detail on the extent to which Nixon and his staff straddled a precarious balance between a Democratic-controlled Congress and an increasingly powerful conservative tide in Republican politics.

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