Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America Author Rick Perlstein
ISBN-10 074324303X
ISBN-13 9780743243032
Year 2009-04-14
Pages 896
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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Told with urgency and sharp political insight Nixonland recaptures America s turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency 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 to herald a permanent liberal consensus in the United States Yet the next year scores of liberals were tossed out of Congress America was more divided than ever and a disgraced politician was on his way to a shocking comeback Richard Nixon Between 1965 and 1972 America experienced no less than a second civil war Out of its ashes the political world we know now was born It was the era not only of Nixon Johnson Spiro Agnew Hubert H Humphrey George McGovern Richard J Daley and George Wallace but Abbie Hoffman Ronald Reagan Angela Davis Ted Kennedy Charles Manson John Lindsay and Jane Fonda There are tantalizing glimpses of Jimmy Carter George H W Bush Jesse Jackson John Kerry and even of two ambitious young men named Karl Rove and William Clinton and a not so ambitious young man named George W Bush Cataclysms tell the story of Nixonland Angry blacks burning down their neighborhoods in cities across the land as white suburbanites defend home and hearth with shotguns The student insurgency over the Vietnam War the assassinations of Robert F Kennedy and Martin Luther King and the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention The fissuring of the Democratic Party into warring factions manipulated by the dirty tricks of Nixon and his Committee to Re Elect the President Richard Nixon pledging a new dawn of national unity governing more divisively than any president before him then directing a criminal conspiracy the Watergate cover up from the Oval Office Then in November 1972 Nixon harvesting the bitterness and resentment born of America s turmoil was reelected in a landslide even bigger than Johnson s 1964 victory not only setting the stage for his dramatic 1974 resignation but defining the terms of the ideological divide that characterizes America today Filled with prodigious research and driven by a powerful narrative Rick Perlstein s magisterial account of how America divided confirms his place as one of our country s most celebrated historians

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