- The Richard Nixon whom Ben Stein knew wasn't anything like the way media portrayed him
- Stein: Nixon was under constant media assault, never had control of both houses of Congress
- Stein: He ended Vietnam War, brought home POWs, saved Israel and made peace
- Stein: In key event to ending Cold War, Nixon opened ties with China, subduing Russia
Ben Stein is an economist, author, movie and TV personality and speaker. He is he winner of the 2009 Malcolm Forbes Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism. Stein was also a speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. The opinions in this commentary are solely those of the author. "The Seventies" airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Thursdays on CNN.
(CNN)The Richard Nixon I knew had almost nothing to do with the Richard Nixon as portrayed in most media. The Richard Nixon I knew was a man who had served his country honorably as Dwight Eisenhower's vice president at the height of the Cold War, when Eisenhower kept us at peace for eight years -- with Nixon's help -- only to have the 1960 election stolen away from him by handsome, rich John F. Kennedy's fraud at the polls in Chicago.