The leaders you thought you knew.

This American President is a history podcast that delves into the lives and legacies of the men who have occupied the White House. Each episode immerses you in an era of history by examining the life of a U.S. President. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal.

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His Own Worst Enemy Part I (Richard Nixon)

Richard M. Nixon is one of the country's most vilified presidents, and yet the American people entrusted him twice as vice president and twice as president. In this episode, we cover the highs and lows of Nixon‘s pre-presidential career and his tortuous path to the White House. We also cover his transformation, from America’s foremost anti-communist to its most prominent advocate for coexistence with the Soviet Union. Richard Nixon aspired to the status of a great statesman but the Vietnam War would put his strategic skills to the test and his realist philosophy would pit him against decades of Cold War thinking in the United States.

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