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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 moved back to Chicago in 2002.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rick Perlstein is an author, editor, political historian and ''Rolling Stone'' magazine columnist. He is also a former writer for the ''Village Voice'' and the ''New Republic''. He has written two books about US politics and is currently working on a third and final volume in his trilogy, covering the years 1973 to 1980.Perlstein's articles have appeared in many publications including ''Newsweek'', ''Slate'', ''Newsday The Nation'', ''The New York Times'', ''The New York Observer'', ''The Washington Post'', ''Chicago Tribune'', ''San Francisco Chronicle'', ''Los Angeles Times'', ''Arizona Republic'', the ''London Review of Books'', ''Newsday'', ''Columbia Journalism Review'' and ''The New Yorker''.In 1992, Perlstein received a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago. He also spent two years in the PhD program in American culture at the University of Michigan.

Published Works

  • Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, Nation Books, 2001
  • The Stock Ticker and the Superjumbo: How the Democrats Can Once Again Become America's Dominant Political Party, Prickly Paradigm Press, 2005
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, Scribner, 2008
  • The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, Simon and Schuster, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Before the storm :
ISBN: 1568584121. OCLC Number:

Nation Books,. New York :. 2009, ©2001.

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.

The stock ticker and the superjumbo :
ISBN: 0976147505. OCLC Number:

Prickly Paradigm Press,. Chicago, IL :. 2005.

"A majority of Americans tell pollsters they want more government intervention to reduce the gap between high- and lower-income citizens, and less than one third consider high taxes to be a serious problem. Yet conservative Republicanism currently controls the political discourse. Why? Rick Perlstein probes this central paradox of today's political scene in his penetrating pamphlet. Perlstein explains how the Democrats' obsessive short-term focus on winning "swing voters," instead of cultivating loyalists, has relegated Democrats to political stagnation. Perlstein offers a vigorous critique and far-reaching vision that is a thirty-year plan for Democratic dominance."--BOOK JACKET.

Nixonland :
ISBN: 074324303x. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. 2008

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.

The invisible bridge :
ISBN: 1476782415. OCLC Number:

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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.



- named one of the three best books of the year by the editors at and a New York Times notable book for 2008.

Before The Storm

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