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Richard Nixon

Excerpt: ‘Republic Of Spin: An Inside History Of The American Presidency’

David Greenberg examines the complex relationship between our politics-driven media and our media-driven politics in his new book.

February 27, 2016

Nixon Agonistes — His Tainted Legacy Still Overshadows The Nation

Richard Nixon’s chief legacy is a pattern of presidential abuse of power from which our country is still recovering.

July 12, 2015
Hillary Clinton Campaigning

Newly Released Emails Reveal The Hillary You (Still) Don’t Know

Time magazine describes Hillary Clinton with adjectives rarely used in conventional profiles: “humble,” “self-deprecating,” and “generous.”

July 2, 2015

Book Review: ‘Dreamland: The True Tale Of America’s Opiate Epidemic’

Dreamland is a tale of two artificial and highly permeable membranes. One separates legal and illegal drugs, the other Mexico and the United States.

June 14, 2015
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Documentary On Kent State Shootings Resonates Today

A growing number of Americans believe that too many police officers use excessive force. But many are also critical of those who protest peacefully.

April 30, 2015

Book Review: ‘One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America’

In ‘One Nation Under God,’ historian Kevin Kruse argues that the current state of religion’s entanglement in our politics is not the product of piety, but of corporate lobbying, religious pitchmen, and Hollywood stagecraft.

April 12, 2015

The Unpolarized Moynihan

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan was someone who managed to live on both sides of the ideological divide and still kept his own thinking coherent.

April 9, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking Of American Foreign Relations In The 1970s’

The 1970s: when the tectonics of global power shifted and Pax Americana entered a new phase.

February 7, 2015

Reckless Republican Impeachment Chatter Belittles Framers’ Intent

Sorry, Republicans: Obama isn’t Nixon, and you can’t get rid of him.

November 6, 2014

Eisenhower: A Life

A new biography about the 34th U.S. President is causing quite a stir.

October 6, 2014

Book Review: ‘The Invisible Bridge’

The Invisible Bridge is the third and weightiest installment in Rick Perlstein’s history of postwar American conservatism. The first volume, Before the Storm (2001), culminates in Barry Goldwater’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 1964, and Nixonland (2008) carries the story through Richard Nixon’s landslide reelection in 1972. The Invisible Bridge, which comes in at 810 pages without notes, […]

September 12, 2014

Before Twitter There Were The Nixon Tapes

Our fascination with President Richard Nixon long survives the man. Less than 5% of Nixon’s taped conversations have been transcribed and published, but now a new book, the Nixon Tapes 1971-72 takes us into two years of the late President’s conversations and rants. According to Goodreads “The Nixon Tapes, with annotations and commentary by Luke Nichter and […]

August 15, 2014
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

What We Lost 40 Years Ago When Nixon Resigned

Four decades ago this weekend, in the living room of Jerry Ford’s high-school civics teacher, I watched on television the end of the Watergate nightmare. What we could not have known then was that we were also at the beginning of a new national nightmare, a much worse disaster that slowly erodes our Constitution, our […]

August 8, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘The Invisible Bridge: The Fall Of Nixon And The Rise Of Reagan’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by journalist and historian Rick Perlstein. Following up on his previous book, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, Perlstein dives into the rise of GOP darling Ronald Reagan in the 1970s. The former actor and […]

June 28, 2014

Chris Christie’s Worst Offense? Proving Rand Paul Right

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) no longer cares about making sense. He hit the absurdist stage of what seems to be his Nixonian demise on Friday evening, after a letter from the lawyer for former associate David Wildstein said the governor knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening became public. Christie’s office […]

February 2, 2014