Rick Perlstein is the author of, most recently, Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976–1980, as well as 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 best seller 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 smartest thing about the new film The Butler is its depiction of Ronald Reagan’s inadequacies on civil rights—which is something conservatives can’t stand.
The first in our series of dispatches from the trenches of the intellectual proletariat.
A federal trial rules against the forces of decency in Chicago—despite evidence that the closing of 50 schools is racist and illegal.