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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

Robert Greenwald’s new documentary chronicles the chokehold the national security state is exercising on our civic life.
Why finding yourself in the sights of the Guardian journalist and those who love him can be such a frustrating thing.
The Guardian journalist still insists he didn’t make any mistakes on the PRISM story. A technologist explains why he’s...
According to tech experts, Glenn Greenwald has made a big mistake on a key component of his work on the NSA’s PRISM program.
Even in a country that suffers from an official cult of optimism, it can be useful to record how far we’ve come—if we also...
In 1975, the NSA story was almost exactly the same: the Hoovering up of data, the protection of corporate quislings, the relative public...
Bob Dole says Republicans today are not civil like Bob Dole was. Rick Perlstein is not buying it.
How do you travel from a tax-exempt “non-political” Tea Party rally to a political one? You walk across a park.