Norman Mailer is mentioned in Allen Barra’s review of the new film by Ron Howard: Frost/Nixon. Berra comments that Mailer, along with Gore Vidal and Philip Roth, attempted to probe the psyche of Nixon in literature. Berra writes:
Mailer, not entirely unsympathetic, probably came the closest to pinpointing Nixon’s Rosebud. At the 1968 Republican Convention, Mailer thought Nixon’s modesty to be “a product of a man who, at worst, had grown from a bad actor to a surpassingly good actor, or from an unpleasant self-made man—outrageously rewarded with luck—to a man who had risen and fallen and been able to rise again, and so conceivably had learned something about patience and the compassion of others.”
Frost/Nixon is based on James Reston Jr.’s book The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews. Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews have also been recently released on DVD.