American Experience: Nixon

About This Episode


The enigmatic nature of the Nixon presidency combined comparatively progressive legislative initiatives with a flagrant abuse of presidential power and the public trust. His achievements in expanding peaceful relations with China and the Soviet Union stand in stark contrast with his continuation of the war in Vietnam. Finally brought down by scandal and duplicity, his administration did much to erode the citizenry's faith in government.

American Experience reprises Nixon, a film that puts Nixon’s life and career in the context of history exploring how he shaped, and was shaped by American politics. The documentary examines one of the most controversial and enduring figures on the American political landscape.