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