Richard Nixon

‘Untitled (Poor Richard)’, 1971, by Philip Guston

A pilloried president, PC portraits and paintings good enough to eat

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Politics and art can make for an awkward mix. Much more than with religious subjects it seems to matter whether…

Just how bad are things really for Donald Trump?

1 June 2017 4:00 am

Just how bad are things for Trump?

My advice to Trump: study President Nixon’s fall

11 February 2017 9:00 am

When I was young my recurring nightmare was that I would die and be reincarnated as a polo pony. I…

Will Donald Trump be assassinated, ousted in a coup or just impeached?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

His supporters expect impeachment or even a military coup

Bob Geldof addresses the March for Europe rally, 2 July 2016

Luvvie anger over Brexit is palpable at Edinburgh – and it’s exposing their true colours

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Luvvie anger over Brexit is palpable. Lloyd Evans ponders the tantrums of the arts crowd

Why isn’t the Millennium Falcon called the Millennium Pigeon?

Darth Vader is dirty and it’s not just me that thinks so

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Star Wars taught Hollywood how to make children’s films for adults, says Tanya Gold

Frost was an effective interviewer because he was never combative — hence the famous admission of failure that he extracted from Nixon in 1974 (above) and from Blair in 2003

David Frost’s tablet in Poet’s Corner should have read: ‘To the Unknown Television Presenter’

29 October 2015 9:00 am

On 13 March 2014 a congregation of 2,000 people, including many of the great and the good, gathered in Westminster…

Alger Hiss attends his trial (Photo: Getty)

Alger Hiss: Tricky Dick’s scapegoat

26 September 2015 8:00 am

In the more than 40 years since Richard Nixon resigned as president — disgraced as much by his inveterate lying…

The stars of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe: Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Propaganda is said to work best when based upon a grain of truth. Ukip! The Musical assumes that most electors…

Spectator letters: Mindfulness, addiction, and dinner with Richard Nixon

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Mind games Sir: I hope that people are not unduly put off by Melanie McDonagh’s misrepresentation of mindfulness as a…

Two ways to disgrace a president

8 November 2014 9:00 am

On 21 October Ben Bradlee, the famous ex-editor of the Washington Post, died, aged 93. The day before that, on…

All Worsthorne’s men: Hoover, surprisingly nice; Truman, smiling until Perry spoke; Eisenhower, who mocked his name; Kennedy, a hero; LBJ, a boor; Nixon, a friend; Reagan; and the first Bush

Bourbon from Bush, envy from Nixon... and running into Herbert Hoover: encounters with eight presidents

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Encounters with leaders of the free world – as a journalist, as a friend, and as a boy running in the hallway

Henry Kissinger interview: ‘I don’t see the wisdom there once was’

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Henry Kissinger on statesmanship from Richelieu to Obama

The many lives of Richard Nixon

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Winston Churchill once said of politics that it’s ‘almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war you…

Harry Shearer on bringing out Richard Nixon’s feminine side

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Simpsons star Harry Shearer on what it takes to play the president

The wounded Kennedy – and the people who gave him strength

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Ten years ago, a determined historian transformed our picture of John F. Kennedy. Robert Dallek had finally got his hands…

High life

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘I was distressed to learn of some of your current problems and wanted to send you a word of encouragement.…

Far from a sleeping partner

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Richard Nixon had met Henry Kissinger only once before he asked him, on his landslide victory in 1968, to be his National Security Adviser, saying to an aide, ‘I don’t trust Henry but I can use him.’