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Rick Perlstein

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Rick Perlstein

Rick Perlstein

Rick Perlstein is the author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008), a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by over a dozen publications. A former online columnist for The New Republic and Rolling Stone and former chief national correspondent for the Village Voice, his journalism and essays have appeared in Newsweek, The Nation, the New York Times, and many other publications. Perlstein has been called the "chronicler extraordinaire of American conservatism" by Politico and the "hypercaffeinated Herodotus of the American century" by The Nation. He lives in Chicago, where he is at work on a book on the 1970s and the rise of Ronald Reagan. He plays jazz piano on the side.


News and Features

A historian plugs some suspicious gaps in two revisionist histories of Vietnam.

New polling data shows that the majority of Americans are leaning liberal. How long will it take politicians and the media to get that?

China has become like Israel: No matter the party, no matter the leader, the US government will defend its actions.

The ICE chief's comments about immigration and unions raise troubling questions. Congress should seek answers.

In December the leaders of the Democratic Leadership Council, Al From and Bruce Reed, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about what the Democrats had to do to attract heartland

A glance back to 1964 shows that predictions are always wrong and always political--and that the left's possibilities may be greater than they seem.


Professors just don’t get why graduate students deserve labor unions, revealing a dangerous myopia about how academia works in the...
How a propaganda goof by Richard Nixon’s administration midwifed an urban legend that scarred American foreign policy and domestic...
It’s bad out there on Thanksgiving this year. A remembrance: in 1973, it was worse.
For those who buy the spin that the Heritage Foundation used to be an intellectually serious place, some history, and some stories.
How a favor Teddy White did for Jackie Kennedy helps explain David Broder and Politico.
Did Kennedy intend to bring an end to the Vietnam War after his re-election?
What was the effect of Kennedy’s death on the success Johnson had passing his agenda?
In the first in a series for the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s death, this historian answers your questions.