Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
Perlstein's epic account begins in the blood and fire of the 1965 Watts riots, nine months after Lyndon Johnson's historic landslide victory over Barry Goldwater appeared...more
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How else can you explain a country that embraced a right wing philosophy after a devastating terrorist attack that led to blindly following a moron for eight years, yet finally overwhelmingly rejected those politics by voting in the liberal opposition only to seemingly overnight turn into a nation of screaming maniacs who consider spending a dime on anything but guns and prisons a waste of tax payer money?
The cold comfort I got from reading Nixonland was that Am...more
I found that this book, although a great read, as one would expect from a much honored journalist,...more
Rick Perlstein traces that change through the tumultuous career of Richard Nixon. He illustrates how Nixon set on the formula of turning the "silen...more
…an LA cop stopped a black man named Leonard Deadwyler for speeding through Watts. He had been speeding [his wife] to the nearest hospital, miles away; there was no hospital in Watts, an area twice the size of Manhattan. P89
Here's something that will ring a bell with anyone who watches the news:
Perlstein goes in for the unmistakable psychological contours of Nixon the man, the special combination of sycophancy and res...more
Perlstein's writing earned high marks from almost all critics; even the conservative columnist George Will, whose review in the New York Times was at times quite negative, called the book "compulsively readable." Other reviewers' opinions seemed to depend on what they were looking for from Nixonland. Some accepted Perlstein's book as a work of synthesis, a much-needed historical exploration of why today's politics are so vitriolic. Others were more skeptical of Perlstein's choice to center the b...more
When it’s written well, with style and wit and invention, I prefer nonfiction to any other form of writing.
You won’t find those qualities on display in mainstream journalism. You have to look on the fringes or dig into the recent past: when Rolling Stone was printed like newspaper and committed to left-field literary journalism; back when Esquire featured some of the great writers of the century; when you could tell it like it is from the rooftops of Ram...more
If you think you fully understand the modern culture wars, and everything that went on in the 1960s,...more
At Whittier Nixon felt resentment towards the "Franklins," a select student club filled with the wealthy, most connected, best looking men, the BMC's. He organized a counter c...more
Those political conditions are indeed harsh. Although the country has elec...more
Perlstein is less successful in trying to draw parallels with our curre...more
From Watts to civil rights legislation; from Woodstock to the riots in Chicago, Nixonland is a look at how one of the most reviled men in American history tapped into the inner d...more
1. American’s voted for LBJ because to do anything else would “court civilizational chaos.” Either years later, they voted for Nixon for the very same reason. In short, LBJs stance on poverty and civil rights...more
I've never been satisfied with the labels used to try to explain how we're divided. Conservative and liberal, red state and blue state, and even Republican and Democrat all miss the mark, and all seem to mean different things to different people. Conserv...more
I write long history books that are published with photos of presidents and presidential aspirants on the covers. The photos a...more