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BOOK REVIEW / More than a media magician: Godfrey Hodgson has his mind changed by Henry Kissinger's forthright new book: 'Diplomacy' - Henry Kissinger: Simon & Schuster, 25 pounds

THERE ARE two images of Henry Kissinger you should dismiss from your mind before you sit down to read this big and, I think, profoundly important book. The first is that of Super K, the vulgarly promoted (often self- promoted) magician of media diplomacy. The second, which may be harder for some of us to discard, is of a ruthless, devious, even mendacious man, a genuine scholar transformed by ambition into a caricature of a court jester.

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BRITISH television viewers will hear for the first time tonight some of the late Richard Nixon's notorious taped conversations in the White House.

Peter Pringle's America: Morticians come out of the casket

AMID the laudatory post-mortems for Richard Nixon, I did find one I admired: the praise for his final wish to be buried in a plain wooden coffin. It takes considerable strength of will to fend off the high-pressure coffin salesmen who catch their customers in moments of weakness and distress. Undertakers possess an intimidating array of coffins ranging from a few dollars for a cardboard box to dollars 37,500 for a sleek solid copper casket with bejewelled handles.

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Bijan Kian's eyes narrowed. This was not the time to talk about Watergate. We were standing in the street near the rose garden where Richard Nixon had been buried moments before, ending one of the most turbulent careers in modern political history. 'You must look at his entire life,' he added.

Nixon style lives on in White House: Although political opposites, Bill Clinton has much in common with the former president, writes Rupert Cornwell in Washington

THEY WERE separated in the White House by four presidents and two political generations, and they stood on opposite sides of the party divide. Yet when Bill Clinton delivered his funeral eulogy for Richard Nixon yesterday, he was speaking of a kindred spirit.

Letter: Tricky Dicky and the Chilean connection

Sir: In none of your items today reviewing and evaluating the career of the late Richard Nixon is there any mention of his, and his friend Henry Kissinger's undercover activities in Chile.

Poker: Nixon over-bet his hand

'HE WAS a very successful poker player, and left the Navy with several thousand dollars in winnings,' noted yesterday's obituary of Richard Nixon in the Independent. This episode in Nixon's early life is worth remembering, because these winnings helped finance his first election campaign.

Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Nixon: Republican supporters ignore the Watergate debacle and pay tribute to the 'peacemaker' with flowers and eulogies

PREPARATIONS were under way yesterday for the burial of Richard Nixon in the southern California township where he was born 81 years ago.

'One of the nastiest to grace the White House'

WORLD leaders rallied round yesterday to laud Richard Nixon's foreign-policy achievements but drew a discreet veil over the sordid aspects of his domestic political career.

Nixon left paralysed by severe stroke: Former Republican President, 81, 'alert, awake and attentive' after attack leaves him unable to speak

FORMER President Richard Nixon, one of most controversial American politicians of the century, was reported yesterday to be in a serious but stable condition after suffering a stroke which has left him unable to speak and partly paralysed down his right side.

First Impressions: 'Neither of us was very good at cocktail conversation': Henry Kissinger on Richard Nixon. This is the first in a daily series compiled by Catriona Luke

The lawyer from Yorba Linda, California and the government arms control expert from Fuerth, Germany met at a drinks party given by the Republican hostess Clara Booth Luce on 10 December 1967. They spoke for about five minutes. Kissinger regarded Nixon as a parvenu, lacking in culture and intellect, and was anxious to move on to more stimulating company. They did not meet again for a year, when Nixon was President Elect. Kissinger was reported as saying: 'Richard Nixon is the most dangerous of all the men running to have as President.'

Captain Moonlight: Penguin Books of Interviews

A FAT volume thumps on to the Moonlight desk. It is The Penguin Book of Interviews, an anthology edited by Christopher Silvester, and a fascinating read, despite containing not one single example of the Captain's technique. There are interviews with Marx and Mae West, Margaret Thatcher and Henrik Ibsen, the two Josephs (Stalin and Orton), Lester Piggott and Benito Mussolini. But the one which caught my eye is the last in the book, an interview with the famous historian, socialist, conservative, thinker, and writer of angry articles on page 8 of the Daily Mail, Paul Johnson, conducted by Richard Stengel for Time.

BOOK REVIEW / When life is just a growl of Perry's: 'Tricks of Memory' - Peregrine Worsthorne: Weidenfeld, 18.99 pounds

ALTHOUGH I've seen his name in the papers for years, and although I've bumped into - indeed collided with - him, it is hard for me not to think of Pergerine Worsthorne as a fictional character. Someone who urges that blacks be called 'nig-nogs' so they can be part of the English world of jolly nicknames, who says that a meritocracy is unfair because of its cruelty to people without intellect or talent, and who thinks the Holocaust may have been justified after all because a rabbi trod on his wife's toe - surely such a man has been invented solely for the New Yorker's 'There'll Always Be an England' column. Reading his book, though, convinced me not only that Worsthorne does exist but that he is ridiculous and rather pathetic.

Pat Nixon dies of cancer

PAT NIXON, wife of Richard Nixon and retiring, unassuming bulwark to one of America's most turbulent political careers, died early yesterday of lung cancer, in the privacy of the couple's home in New Jersey. She was 81, a year older than her husband.

Obituary: Pat Nixon

Thelma Catherine ('Patricia') Ryan: born Ely, Nevada 16 March 1912; married 1940 Richard Nixon (two daughters); died Park Ridge, New Jersey 22 June 1993.
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