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Nixonland Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Rick Perlstein. All rights reserved.; (P)2009 BBC Audio

What the Critics Say

"A richly detailed descent into the inferno - that is, the years when Richard Milhous Nixon, 'a serial collector of resentments,' ruled the land." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 04-12-12
    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Exhaustive, Detailed, Entertaining"

    I grew up after the Nixon years, and so only know what I know about him from popular movies and TV. The book didn't paint too much of a different picture, but did fill in a lot of detail and complexity of the man and the times. The writing is engaging and not at all boring. I think I learned more about the times than the man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Freehold, NJ, United States 10-04-11
    "unknown" Freehold, NJ, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great perspective - too many details"

    Enjoyed the book but felt there were WAY too many names, dates, and details. I appreciated the perspective that was shown by including other events happening at the same time as Nixon's rise to presidency such as Attica, Charles Manson, and the Kennedy assassinations. That said, every name of every politician that ever worked for him seemed to extend the length of this book considerably. I kept listening for all 36 plus hours of this book as the topic was fascinating, but would have been fine without so many details and specifics.

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    Papa.Jack 03-28-11
    Papa.Jack 03-28-11
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    "Nixon really was the one - a solid read"

    I came of age during the historical period this book covers and I keep coming back to it over and over and keep finding things of interest. Worth a listen, I think. The narrator does a good job too. No problems there.

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    Mary Catherine Hodes 09-16-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Excellent work, dynamic narration"

    While the writer has a liberal slant, he does a fine job skewering the left and right when appropriate. As someone born after the 1960's, it is amazing the country survived the cycle of violence, assassination, and political bedlam of the decade, and its spillover into the 1970's.

    Of particular note is the excellent performance by the narrator. While other reviewers have harped on his few mispronunciations, few have commented on the excellent manner he drives the action along. So many historical works are delivered at a funereal pace. Thorne has excellent pacing and the book flies by. I hope he gets a crack at other historical titles.

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    Stanley Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-17-09
    Stanley Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-17-09
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    "Very Entertaining Historical Novel"

    If you like recent political history this is a very good effort by the author. Brings together a diverse cast of characters all centered around Richard Nixon and his far reaching influence that is still evident today

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    Phyllis Bennett, CO, United States 01-27-11
    Phyllis Bennett, CO, United States 01-27-11
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    "Painful"

    The only thing that matches this authors rant is the sarcasm in the narrators tone.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin randolph, NJ, United States 04-13-13
    Robin randolph, NJ, United States 04-13-13
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    "Good book, poorly read"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen R. Thorne?

    I will make a point of NOT buying any books he narrates.


    Was Nixonland worth the listening time?

    This seems to be a well-written book -- and I'm certainly interested in the topic -- so I might read the actual book sometime in the near future; but I couldn't deal with the narrator's bland style and his mispronunciation of so many names (and these were names of people I knew: he could be mispronouncing many other names and I just don't know the difference.


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    Terry 09-04-11
    Terry 09-04-11

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    "Somewhat cynical review American life and values"
    If you could sum up Nixonland in three words, what would they be?

    organized, quick-paced, biased


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Perlstein? Why or why not?

    Yes, on certain topics, but I would be better prepared for the cynical point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen R. Thorne – was your favorite?

    This book is written strictly from a narrator's point of view. Mr. Thorne does a good job narrating, and sometimes succeeds in portraying actual voices where relevant. Good listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tricky Dick, how social conditions allowed an abominable personality to climb to the pinnacle of American politics, then hurtle to the bottom.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone under the age of 55. Since I lived through that period, and in California to boot, it was pretty much like a rerun. Mr. Perlstein gives fast pace, albeit, cynical coverage to everything from Communist scares, to race riots, to Watergate. The presentation is pretty negative and doesn't dwell on the few good things that did happen during the mid-20th century.

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    zrer10 Knoxville, Tn United States 08-25-11
    zrer10 Knoxville, Tn United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2010

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    "The Nixon at the end of the galaxy."

    There are some interesting ideas in this book. Like showing how the southern strategy started with nixon and how todays republican party is more a product of Richard Nixon then Ronald Reagan. However I dont think you need 30 hours to make this point, and far too many times the author is reaching. For the author everything seems to go back to Richard Nixon from the tinkerings of Mayor Daily to southern waterhosing. And how the author transitions back to Richard Nixon after going off on a 30 minute rant about some obscure political detail by saying 'And there was Richard Nixon' with the word nixon pressed is really annoying.

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    Les Stephens 07-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fascinating"

    A thorough and detailed history of a fascinating time. The writer combines social, economic and political history into a seamless tapestry that recaptures the flavor of an era. As someone who lived through this period, I thoroughly enjoyed remembering all the energy and quirkiness of the hippie era. I

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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