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Frost Nixon

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The book Frost/Nixon was written by Sir David Frost. The title Frost/Nixon comes from the interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon about two years after Nixon’s reassignment from the presidency. The book was published in 2007 by Harper Collins Publishers, and later made into a movie in 2008 by the same publication company.

Frost/Nixon written by Sir David Frost is a complete review of the time before and after the interviews between Sir David Frost and Richard Nixon. The interviews were the first time that Nixon had publically talked about the scandals surrounding his presidency since his reassignment. Frost/Nixon is a political documentary about the feelings, emotions, and aftermath of the Frost and Nixon interviews. The intended audience is the adults and individuals that were/are interested in Nixon and the scandals surrounding his famous presidency.

Frost/Nixon takes place during Nixon’s reassignment from presidency and roughly two years after. Sir David Frost hears about Nixon reassignment and over the next two years he pursues an interview with President Richard Nixon. He obtains the interview and prepares for it vigorously but also has to fundraise over 600,000 dollars in order to pay for the interview alone, not including the media coverage and all the other supplies. Nixon and his team create a legal agreement that states the regulations of the interview and the allowed time to talk about each subject, which is repeatedly broken through out the interview. The breaches in contract lead to the final confession from Nixon. You are taken on a journey through Sir David Frost’s pursuit and extraordinary story of his emotional, controversial, and cutthroat interviews with Richard Nixon.

The beginning starts out with the reassignment of Richard Nixon from his presidency and the feelings and opinions of the public in the aftermath of Nixon’s reassignment. Sir David Frost, a British television journalist, was given the chance to interview Nixon, which would be the biggest interview of his career. Frost formed a team of political analyst to produce a strong interview exposing Nixon’s scandals and ultimately trying to produce a confession from Nixon. When the interviews started Frost and his team were blindsided by the responses and preparation Nixon and his team had put into the interviews. In the end Frost fought against Nixon for control of the interview and won, resulting in a confession from Nixon saying, “Anything a president says or does can not be considered illegal or unconstitutional in my opinion, and I realize no other citizen agrees with me.”

My evaluation of Frost/Nixon is that it achieves its job as a political educator very well. It effectively addresses the topic that it is striving for. It lacks in details of how Sir David Frost became acquainted with the idea of interviewing Nixon in the first place. It was very strong on explaining the details of the interview and all the aftermath of the interviews. Overall it is excellent at educating the public of what happened to Nixon before and after his interviews with Frost. My overall opinion of Frost/Nixon is that it educated me on the details and certain reasoning behind Nixon’s actions. The format helped with the guidance through the different sides and opinions of the interview.

I would advise anyone who is interested in Nixon or the scandals surrounding his presidency to look into Frost/Nixon. But on the bad side, it is a tad bit boring and a little slow, so the need to pay attention and stay focused in very important. This is where is struggled while reviewing and looking into Frost/Nixon. Overall it is very educational and beneficial if you are interested in anything that has to do with Nixon or any scandals that he was involved in through out his presidency. I thought at the beginning that it would be boring and a waste of my time but as I got into it I felt myself not being able to stop or do anything else. I looked up the reviews for the book and there was nothing but good things to say about it. In the end I am very glad that I chose Frost/Nixon to do my review on.

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