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Rick Perlstein

Author Bios

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

The smartest thing about the new film The Butler is its depiction of Ronald Reagan’s inadequacies on civil rights—which is...
When one side of an election fight is led by conspiratorial maniacs with guns, it’s hard for the good guys to win.
The tragedy of September 11, 1973 belongs not just to the Chileans. It belongs also to the military coup’s enablers—the...
When it comes to Syria, why should we trust President Obama? After all, he clearly doesn’t trust us.
The first in our series of dispatches from the trenches of the intellectual proletariat.
Chicago’s parking meter deal doesn’t just sell off city assets—it uconstitutionally sells off the city’s very power...
What I learned from my failure to flunk an “amateur” college football star.
A federal trial rules against the forces of decency in Chicago—despite evidence that the closing of 50 schools is racist and illegal.