Courage and Hesitation

Courage and Hesitation

US first edition cover
Author Allen Drury
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
November 19, 1971
Media type Print (hardcover & paperback)
ISBN 1-199-09536-2

Courage and Hesitation: Notes and Photographs of the Nixon Administration is a 1971 non-fiction book by Allen Drury.[1][2] It is an inside look at U. S. President Richard Nixon and those closest to him midway through his first term in office, with photographs by Fred J. Maroon.[3][4]


Drawn from Drury's interviews with Nixon and his political and White House staff, Courage and Hesitation also contains photographs by Fred J. Maroon.[3][4] Impressed by Maroon's photography of Washington, D.C., Nixon had granted the photographer's request for access to the White House in 1970. Maroon later wrote, "After Kennedy and Johnson nobody seemed to be running stories on the Nixon White House. The big news magazines just didn't like him, so I proposed a book." He continued photographing Nixon through the President's 1974 resignation, but except for what was published in Courage and Hesitation Maroon did not publish most of his Nixon work until his 1999 book The Nixon Years, 1969-1974, White House to Watergate.[4]

In Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films (2004), Beverly Merrill Kelley wrote that Drury accepted the commission to write the book despite the fact that he found Nixon to be "very weird, very odd."[5]

Critical reception

Kirkus Reviews wrote, "Unfortunately, Drury's peek behind the lace curtain came before the China initiative and the Freeze, and it all seems very old hat when Erlichman or Chotiner discuss the President's game plan." The review called the book "a creampuff bore" and "dreary, dreary, dreary".[3]


  1. Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth C., eds. (December 17, 1998). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Greenwood Press. pp. 229–230. ISBN 1-573-56111-8.
  2. "Drury, Allen (1918 September 2 - 1998 September 2): Biographical History". Online Archive of California. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "Courage and Hesitation by Allen Drury". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 Molotsky, Irvin (November 10, 2001). "Fred J. Maroon, 77; Was Asked To Photograph Nixon in Office". The New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  5. Kelley, Beverly Merrill (2004). "Elitism in Advise and Consent". Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films. p. 68. ISBN 0-742-53040-X.
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