Hughes gives us a pleasantly dense tale of the shadows in Richard Nixon’s mind that might have been there even without the Chennault Affair—assuming he would have been elected without the Chennault machinations. We can never know if it determined the election outcome, but one major consequence of the Affair that we do know was Watergate.
Catherine Forslund, Ph.D. is Professor of History, Department Chair, and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Rockford University where she teaches U. S., Latin American and Chinese history. Her publications include We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II, and “Worth a Thousand Words … : Editorial Cartoons of the Korean War” in Journal of Conflict Studies.
Posts by Catherine Forslund
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.