Paul Carter, Author of “Richard Nixon: California’s Native Son”
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Book Talk and Signing
Historian Paul Carter unravels the story of Richard Nixon’s profound connection to Southern California with his debut book, Richard Nixon: California’s Native Son. From his humble beginnings in Orange County, to his final resting place just steps away from his childhood home, Richard Nixon’s California roots shaped who he was and his path to the presidency.
Born in Yorba Linda and raised in Whittier, California, Nixon succeeded early in life, excelling in academics while enjoying athletics through high school. At Whittier College, he graduated at the top of his class and was voted Best Man on Campus. During his career at Whittier’s oldest law firm, he was respected professionally and became a chief trial attorney. As a military man in the South Pacific during World War II, he was admired by his fellow servicemen. Returning to his Quaker roots after the war, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate, and the vice presidency, all within six short years. After losing to John Kennedy in the 1960 presidential campaign, Nixon returned to Southern California to practice law. After losing his gubernatorial race he reinvented himself: he moved to New York and was elected President of the United States in 1968. He returned to Southern California after Watergate and his resignation to heal before once again taking a place on the world stage.
Gain deep insights into President Nixon’s upbringing, his formative years in California, and the pivotal role his home state played in shaping his life and legacy. Engage with the author directly and have your copy of the book signed following the program.