If he had not been so paranoid and attempted to cover up the Watergate break in would history treat him differently? His accomplishments as typically recognized: Overtures to China that started the process of dipliomatic relations (where would Wal Mart be without that one) Ended the Vietnam war with his "peace with honor" program of negotiations (Although I feel differently about this one it is typically listed as an accomplishment) Nuclear Arms Reduction treaty with the Soviets. I believe this was the first such agreement. Got the economy going with moderate sucess dealing with inflation and high gas prices. Environment program for clean air and clean water. The Clean Air Act was a Nixon administration program. Revenue sharing with the states that pushed federal monies to the state and local level. He appointed conservative Supreme Court justices William Rehnquist and Harry Blackmun to the Supreme Court. That history would have been kinder to him without Watergate is obvious but I feel he would be thought of as a good President, instead of as a law and order president that broke the law.