xiii, 881 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 831- 835) and index.
An account of the thirth-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.
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 account begins with the 1965 Watts riots, nine months after Lyndon Johnson's historic landslide victory appeared to herald a permanent liberal consensus. Yet the next year, America was more divided than ever, and a disgraced politician was on his way to a shocking comeback. Between 1965 and 1972, the political world we know now was born. It was the era not only of Nixon, Johnson, Spiro Agnew, Hubert H. Humphrey, George McGovern, Richard J. Daley, and George Wallace but Abbie Hoffman, Ronald Reagan, Angela Davis, Ted Kennedy, Charles Manson, and Jane Fonda. There are glimpses of Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Jesse Jackson, John Kerry, and even of the ambitious young Karl Rove and William Clinton--and a not so ambitious George W. Bush.--From publisher description.
Book 1. Hell in the City of Angels -- The orthogonian -- The stench -- Ronald Reagan -- Long, hot summer -- School was in session -- Batting average -- Book 2. The bombing -- Summer of Love -- In which a cruise ship full of governors inspires considerations on the nature of old and new politics -- Fed-up-niks -- The sky's the limit -- Violence -- From Miami to the siege of Chicago -- Wednesday, August 28, 1968 -- Winning -- Book 3. The first one hundred days -- Trust -- If gold rust -- The presidential offensive -- The polarization -- Tourniquet -- Mayday -- Purity -- Agnew's election -- Book 4. How to survive the debacle -- Cruelest month -- Ping-pong -- The coven -- The party of Jefferson, Jackson, and George Wallace -- The spring offensive -- Celebrities -- In which playboy bunnies, and Barbarella, and Tanya, inspire theoretical considerations upon the nature of democracy -- Not half enough.