By Richard Milhous Nixon
The previous president recounts his lifestyles and political rises and falls, targeting the occasions, household and overseas, of his presidency and people major as much as his unheard of resignation.
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My family, including my eighty-eight-year-old grandmother, drove East for my graduation in June 1937. It was a proud day for them, made more so by the fact that on the day they arrived an announcement was made that I had finished third in my class and had been named a member of the prestigious national legal honor society, the Order of the Coif. I arrived back in Whittier with good prospects but an uncertain future. First I had to pass the California bar. I would have just six weeks to study for the test for which most candidates allowed over two months; even worse, the three-day exam would include the extensive California code, which we had not studied at all at Duke.
Once I had thoroughly researched—and argued—both sides, I became a convinced free-trader and remain so to this day. Another topic was whether the Allied war debts should be canceled. Although once again I debated both sides, I became convinced that the economic recovery of Europe was more important than our insisting on payment of war debts. We also debated whether a free economy was more efficient than a managed economy. Though this was at the height of the early enthusiasm for the experiments of the New Deal, I surfaced from my immersion in both sides of that topic thoroughly persuaded of the superior merits of a free economy.
My father worked at whatever jobs he could find. Thanks to a vegetable garden and some of our own fruit trees, we had plenty to eat despite our low income. We also had a cow that provided milk from which my mother made our butter and cheese. I started first grade in Yorba Linda’s schoolhouse when I was six. My mother had already taught me to read at home, and this head start enabled me to skip the second grade. After homework and chores, I often sat by the fireplace or at the kitchen table immersed in a book or magazine.
The Memoirs of Richard Nixon by Richard Milhous Nixon