Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 29, 2010 - History - 896 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

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BOOKI Hell in the City of Angels
15
The Orthogonian
20
The Stench
44
Ronald Reagan
70
Long Hot Summer
96
School Was in Session Batting Average 3
115
BOOK II
167
PingPong
569
The Coven
585
The Party ofJefferson Jackson and George Wallace
607
The Spring Offensive
635
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657
Celebrities
660
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661
In Which Playboy Bunnies and Barbarella and Tanya Inspire
686

The Bombing
169
Summer of Love
185
In Which a Cruise Ship Full of Governors Inspires Considerations on the Nature of Old and New Politics
200
Fedupniks
227
The Skys the Limit
254
Violence
274
From Miami to the Siege of Chicago
295
Wednesday August 28 1968
315
Winning
328
BOOK III
355
The First One Hundred Days
357
Trust
373
If Gold Rust
397
The Presidential Offensive
412
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The Polarization
445
Tourniquet
459
Mayday
477
Purity
500
Agnews Election
524
How to Survive the Debacle
541
Cruelest Month
551
Not Half Enough
720
Notes
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Selected Bibliography
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Acknowledgments
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About the author (2010)

Rick Perlstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan; Nixonland:The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications; and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history and appeared on the best books of the year lists of The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. His essays and book reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Slate, among others. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for independent scholars. He lives in Chicago.

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