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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

It sure is a bracing feeling for the chair-bound intellectual to imagine himself the drivetrain in the engine of history.

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?

Blogs

Massive amounts of money flow from MLM companies to Republican poiticians and conservative institutions—and massive favors flow in...
The scammers of the ‘multi-level marketing’ industry were on their way to being shut down in the 1990s—and then a...
Some stories and lessons on fighting for the long haul from Martin Luther King Jr.’s bashful but bold former press secretary.
In Bush's, and now Barack's, America, even the most engaged citizens seem too weary to put up a fight against a nominee for FBI...
When momentum gathered to reign in the national security state in 1976, the powers that be struck back with a distraction campaign that...
In 1975, two hard-hitting congressional committees, and dogged media investigators, documented how badly broken the intelligence community...
An arrest in Minnesota, a police tasering in New Hampshire, a July 4 march on Washington—and the angry-white-man efflorescence the...
Obama’s Republican nominee for FBI chief is much less than the civil liberties hero he appears to be.