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:
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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