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Nixonland

The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

Rick Perlstein

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Description

An exciting e-format containing 27 video clips taken directly from the CBS news archive of a brilliant, best-selling account of the Nixon era by one of America’s most talented young historians.

Between 1965 and 1972 America experienced a second civil war. Out of its ashes, the political world we know today was born.

Nixonland begins in the blood and fire of the Watts riots-one week after President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, and nine months after his historic landslide victory over Barry Goldwater seemed to have heralded a permanent liberal consensus. The next year scores of liberals were thrown out of Congress, America was more divided than ever-and a disgraced politician was on his way to a shocking comeback: Richard Nixon. Six years later, President Nixon, harvesting the bitterness and resentment borne of that blood and fire, was reelected in a landslide even bigger than Johnson's, and the outlines of today's politics of red-and-blue division became already distinct. 

Cataclysms tell the story of Nixonland: 

• Angry blacks burning down their neighborhoods, while suburbanites defend home and hearth with shotguns. 

• The civil war over Vietnam, the assassinations, the riot at the Democratic National Convention. 

• Richard Nixon acceding to the presidency pledging a new dawn of national unity--and governing more divisively than any before him. 

• The rise of twin cultures of left- and right-wing vigilantes, Americans literally bombing and cutting each other 
 down in the streets over political differences.

•And, finally, Watergate, the fruit of a president who rose by matching his own anxieties and dreads with those of an increasingly frightened electorate--but whose anxieties and dreads produced a criminal conspiracy in the Oval Office.

Publishers Weekly Review

Mar 10, 2008 – Perlstein, winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, provides a compelling account of Richard Nixon as a masterful harvester of negative energy, turning the turmoil of the 1960s into a ladder to political notoriety. Perlstein’s key narrative begins at about the time of the Watts riots, in the shadow of Lyndon Johnson’s overwhelming 1964 victory at the polls against Goldwater, which left America’s conservative movement broken. Through shrewdly selected anecdotes, Perlstein demonstrates the many ways Nixon used riots, anti–Vietnam War protests, the drug culture and other displays of unrest as an easy relief against which to frame his pitch for his narrow win of 1968 and landslide victory of 1972. Nixon spoke of solid, old-fashioned American values, law and order and respect for the traditional hierarchy. In this way, says Perlstein, Nixon created a new dividing line in the rhetoric of American political life that remains with us today. At the same time, Perlstein illuminates the many demons that haunted Nixon, especially how he came to view his political adversaries as “enemies” of both himself and the nation and brought about his own downfall. 16 pages of b&w photos.

Customer Reviews

Truly Enhanced

The video clips, including an interview with the author truly show the power of ebooks and a potentially significant advantage over paperbacks. Especially in this genre, covering this time period. The context they provide makes the book much better on a number of levels.

Idiot

Nixon was an idiot.

Smart book, great video

Rick Perlstein's Nixonland intelligently illuminates the beginnings of modern politics. The video contextualized the historical events for me, which is especially helpful because I wasn't around to see these clips air in the '70s.

Nixonland
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  • $15.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Jul 29, 2010
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 896 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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