Books That Inspire 2001

Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Slef-Made Man
Garry Wills

What is so remarkable to me about Nixon Agonistes is the way Wills moves from journalistic reporting of particular moments, to the presentation of the arc of an individual’s career, to a philosophical interpretation of a period in the nation’s history. This book demonstrates how a careful accounting of events can make philosophy meaningful – and how events are made meaningful by philosophy.
Zev Trachtenberg
Associate Professor