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Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, by Rick Perlstein

Richard Nixon was the perfect embodiment of the Paranoid Style in American politics. Perlstein takes me back to the Nixon days with remorseless clarity: I assume that this book is equally clear for those for whom Nixon is a purely historical figure. Reading Nixonland, I was struck by how shockingly competant Nixon was compared to his disciples Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, and how much we live not just in Nixonland, but in the discount Wal-Mart version.

actual post date: Nov. 27, 2009.

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