Friday Reads: Nixonland by Rick Perlstein

Told with urgency and sharp political insight, “Nixonland” recaptures America s turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

Perlstein s epic account begins in the blood and fire of the 1965 Watts riots, nine months after Lyndon Johnson s historic landslide victory over Barry Goldwater appeared to herald a permanent liberal consensus in the United States. But the next year, scores of liberals were tossed out of Congress, America was more divided than ever, and a disgraced politician was on his way to a shocking comeback: Richard Nixon.

Filled with prodigious research and driven by a powerful narrative, Rick Perlstein s magisterial account of how it all happened confirms his place as one of our country s most celebrated historians.”

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