Conrad Black has found time in his busy prison schedule to defend former President Richard Nixon against the criticism that appears in Rick Perlstein's new book, "Nixonland."
Black took to the New York Sun (he is an investor in the paper) to call Perlstein a "Nixon-hater" and to list Nixon's myriad accomplishments as president. An excerpt:
It is not mentioned that only Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in more daunting circumstances than Nixon. Four years later, he was reelected by 49 states and a plurality of 18 million votes, because he stopped the assassinations, race riots, anti-war riots, skyjackings, inflation, extracted the U.S. from Vietnam without losing the war, opened relations with China, warmed up relations with the U.S.S.R., negotiated and signed the greatest arms control agreement in history, started a Middle East peace process, founded the Environmental Protection Agency, vastly expanded the national parks system, pioneered welfare reform and fiscal decentralization, reduced the crime rate, eliminated the draft, and ended school segregation without recourse to the court-ordered nostrum of transporting millions of schoolchildren all around the cities of America by bus to effect racial balance. He was overwhelmingly reelected because he was an excellent president, not because of dirty tricks and the ineptitude and hypocrisy of his feckless opponent, George McGovern.
Black, the former media baron now serving six and a half years for fraud and obstruction of justice, published his own biography of Nixon, called "Nixon: A Life in Full," last year. He also wrote a biography of FDR in 2003, which was met with poor reviews and charges of vanity.