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Nixonland : the rise of a president and the fracturing of America / Rick Perlstein.

By: Perlstein, Rick, 1969-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Scribner, 2008Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.Description: xiii, 881 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780743243025; 0743243021.Subject(s): Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969 | Presidents -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification: 973.924
Contents:
Book 1. Hell in the City of Angels -- The orthogonian -- The stench -- Ronald Reagan -- Long, hot summer -- School was in session -- Batting average -- Book 2. The bombing -- Summer of Love -- In which a cruise ship full of governors inspires considerations on the nature of old and new politics -- Fed-up-niks -- The sky's the limit -- Violence -- From Miami to the siege of Chicago -- Wednesday, August 28, 1968 -- Winning -- Book 3. The first one hundred days -- Trust -- If gold rust -- The presidential offensive -- The polarization -- Tourniquet -- Mayday -- Purity -- Agnew's election -- Book 4. How to survive the debacle -- Cruelest month -- Ping-pong -- The coven -- The party of Jefferson, Jackson, and George Wallace -- The spring offensive -- Celebrities -- In which playboy bunnies, and Barbarella, and Tanya, inspire theoretical considerations upon the nature of democracy -- Not half enough.
Summary: An account of the thirth-seventh presidency sets Nixon's administration against a backdrop of the tumultuous civil rights movement while offering insight into how key events in the 1960s set the stage for today's political divides.
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An account of the thirth-seventh presidency sets Nixon's administration against a backdrop of the tumultuous civil rights movement while offering insight into how key events in the 1960s set the stage for today's political divides.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 831- 835) and index.

Book 1. Hell in the City of Angels -- The orthogonian -- The stench -- Ronald Reagan -- Long, hot summer -- School was in session -- Batting average -- Book 2. The bombing -- Summer of Love -- In which a cruise ship full of governors inspires considerations on the nature of old and new politics -- Fed-up-niks -- The sky's the limit -- Violence -- From Miami to the siege of Chicago -- Wednesday, August 28, 1968 -- Winning -- Book 3. The first one hundred days -- Trust -- If gold rust -- The presidential offensive -- The polarization -- Tourniquet -- Mayday -- Purity -- Agnew's election -- Book 4. How to survive the debacle -- Cruelest month -- Ping-pong -- The coven -- The party of Jefferson, Jackson, and George Wallace -- The spring offensive -- Celebrities -- In which playboy bunnies, and Barbarella, and Tanya, inspire theoretical considerations upon the nature of democracy -- Not half enough.

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Library Journal Review

From a Los Angeles Book Prize winner: an account of Nixon's phoenix-like rise from the ashes of the Sixties. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

It could be argued that the two figures who defined the emergence of New Right partisan politics in the past 40 years were Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon. Perlstein builds on his previous work, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (CH, Nov'01, 39-1793), which explained the success of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush through the prism of the 1964 election. This new work is epic by comparison. The book spans the tumultuous years of 1965, on the eve of the Watts Riot, through Nixon's landslide victory in 1972. Perlstein has twin objectives. First, he develops a convincing narrative about how Richard Nixon, the status-deprived law student and underappreciated vice president and presidential candidate in 1960, came to epitomize and personify the values of the "silent majority." Second, Nixon's ability to exploit voters' anxieties about race, poverty, law and order, and patriotism has produced bitter partisan divisions that still inform the current US political landscape. Perlstein's gripping narrative makes this a must read for a wide-ranging audience, including undergraduates, graduates, and specialists. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. B. Miller University of Cincinnati

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Rick Perlstein was born in Wisconsin in 1969. He writes for Lingua Franca, Slate, and The Nation, and won the national Endowment for the Humanities' most prestigious grant for independent scholars. Perlstein lives in Brooklyn, New York. <p> (Publisher Provided) Rick Perlstein is the author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history. His essays and book reviews have been published in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Slate. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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