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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.

Articles

News and Features

The mainstream and liberal press’s quixotic search for a ‘good’ conservative merely reinforces the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.

Why today's wacko birds are just like yesterday's wingnuts.

As general counsel of Lockheed Martin, Comey rejected a whistleblower’s claim that a $24 billion Coast Guard project was riddled with problems. The whistleblower was right—and Comey was wrong.

A resurgent protest culture fights back against Rahm Emanuel’s austerity agenda.

The forty-two-minute recording, acquired by James Carter IV, confirms Atwater’s incendiary remarks and places them in context.

The long-running feud between moderates and conservatives is over. The wackos have won.

The continuous readjustment of expectations downward: For historians like Jefferson Cowie and Judith Stein, that was the key experience of the 1970s.

Was Patty Hearst really a rebel in search of a cause?

The conservative noise machine is coming around to support him--if it
can keep its stories straight.

Blogs

On the occasion of Showtime’s new miniseries, reflections on how the world changed when women learned to demand men give them orgasms.
A troubled person appeared to attack the White House, and was shot to death—in 1976. Back then, a less fearful time, it didn’t...
Like Sisyphus, each generation of Democrats is forced to prove to pundits that finally, this time, they've really truly nominated a...
It shouldn’t be surprising that conservatives who conceptualize politics as war, and an activist state as Satan, would be willing to...
Pay attention when conservatives talk to one another: they reveal their sedulous plans.
When liberals experience the trauma of a mass shootings, they feel from the bottom of our hearts: we need more gun control. When...
In the death of a pauperized 83-year-old adjunct professor, a lesson on the long-term consequences of the making of an intellectual...
A major pundit argues that poll numbers showing young people’s disatisfaction with American capitalism portends a lurch in American...