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Rick Perlstein

Biography

Rick Perlstein

Rick Perlstein is the author of NIXONLAND: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by over a dozen publications; BEFORE THE STORM: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history and appeared on the best books of the year lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan will be published in August, 2014.  His essays and book reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Slate, among others. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for independent scholars. He lives in Chicago.

Rick Perlstein

Books by Rick Perlstein

by Rick Perlstein - American, History, Nonfiction, Politics

When Ronald Reagan announced his intention to challenge President Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination, pundits dismissed him --- until, amazingly, it started to look like he just might win. Against a backdrop of melodramas from the Arab oil embargo to Patty Hearst to the near-bankruptcy of America’s greatest city, THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE asks the question: what does it mean to believe in America? To wave a flag --- or to reject the glibness of the flag wavers?