Witcher, Russ Books

Russ Witcher is Professor of Communication at Tennessee Technological University. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Tennessee.

Articles, Interviews and Book Excerpts (1976-2000) on Richard Nixon’s Legacy
2003 0-7734-6720-3
To study the career of Richard Nixon is to study the last half of the 20th century, for both good and ill. This book is a collection of articles, interviews and excerpts from journalists, historians, and associates of Nixon’s, of views from both people who admired him and those who feverishly despised him. The viewpoints of such a diverse ideology gives a fully-rounded account of this still-controversial figure. It takes him beyond the limits of Watergate to portray the entirety of his career. If journalism is indeed the first draft of history, this volume is a good place to learn how Nixon’s legacy has evolved.

Debate in the U.S. Senate About the War in South Vietnam and Cambodia. Chronicling the Struggle for Power Between the Congress and the Presidency
2008 0-7734-4961-2
Examines how the war in South Vietnam was reflective of a larger battle within the United States between the executive and the legislative branches of government over war-making powers.

Textual Analysis of Movie Director Oliver Stone's Nixon
2004 0-7734-6232-5
This critical analysis of director Oliver Stone's Nixon argues that the screenplay and film are early attempts in American cinema to put the life of Richard Nixon in proper historical perspective. Although known for his provocative and controversial approach in his films toward people and events of the 1960s and '70s in America, Stone has delivered an evenhanded account of the impact of Nixon on American history. This book is appropriate for anyone interested in the Cold War, American film, or popular art and politics and adds to the study of the media's depiction of history and historical figures.