R.W. Apple covered politics like he covered food and travel: with aplomb and a knack for drama. Probably best known for his description of Nixon's resignation as a "tragedy in three parts," Apple summed up the three-year rise and fall of Tricky Dick better than just about anyone:
"In 1972, Richard M. Nixon — a man who had often failed, who had been derided by the fashionable and the intellectual, who had made and remade himself into a winner — arrived at the pinnacle of his career," he wrote. "In 1973, he found himself besieged by his enemies, forced onto the defense. And in 1974, he fell from power, humiliated as no predecessor has ever been."