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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rick Perlstein  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pearlstein graduated from the University of Chicago. He resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

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 Times, The 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. A contributing editor and board member of In These Times magazine, he lives in Chicago.


Before the Storm

Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, 2001

Best books of the year lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune


New York Times Bestseller

Notable Book, New York Times, 2008

Picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications


Notable Book, NEW YORK TIMES, 2020

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred Review, Kirkus

The Invisible Bridge

New York Times Bestseller

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Before the storm :
ISBN: 1568584121. OCLC Number: 418224352

Nation Books,. .

In an astute and surprising history of the 1960s as the cradle of the conservative movement, Perlstein's gutsy narrative history profiles the rise of Barry Goldwater, the rich, handsome Arizona Republican who scorned the federal bureaucracy and despised l.

Nixonland :
ISBN: 9780743243032. OCLC Number: 180755987

Scribner,. .

An account of the thirty-seventh presidency sets Nixon's administration against a backdrop of the tumultuous civil rights movement while offering insight into how key events in the 1960s set the stage for today's political divides.

Reaganland :
ISBN: 1476793050. OCLC Number: 1182022400

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"Connects the activities and influence of today's conservative movements to a deliberate shift toward right-wing policies that began during the Carter administration and led to the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980."--

The invisible bridge :
ISBN: 1476782415. OCLC Number: 869437988

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The best-selling author of Nixonland presents a portrait of the United States during the turbulent political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, covering events ranging from the Arab oil embargo and the era of Patty Hearst to the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the rise of Ronald Reagan.