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Barry

Knoxville, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told 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.

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    So much of my life was impacted by Nixon this felt like a personal history and I am actually mentioned on page 514 as subject of an article by Garry Wills. I loved this book before I ran across that reference listening as I rode my bicycle. I put many miles on the bike since I did not want to stop the narrative. Such a turbulent fractious time clearly explained in rich detail. Such a definitive history of the Nixon years and Nixonland - a perfect title. If you had any interest in politics and now find yourself at 63 or 64 you know this history and this book brings it all back while filling in all the gaps. It is so good the minor mispronunciations are trivial and easily dismissed.
    I used to ask my parents how they could have put up with McCarthy and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee - I expect my kids to ask me how we could have ever allowed Nixon to be President. That makes this book a great mystery.

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