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Rick Perlstein

Born: 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Pearlstein graduated from the University of Chicago. He resides there today.

Biography: Rick Perlstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan; Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications; and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history and appeared on the best books of the year lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. His essays and book reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Slate, among others. A contributing editor and board member of In These Times magazine, he lives in Chicago.

  • "Before the Storm"
  • -- Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, 2001
  • -- Best books of the year lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune
  • ''Nixonland''
  • -- New York Times Bestseller
  • -- Notable Book, New York Times, 2008
  • -- Picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications
  • "Reaganland"
  • -- Notable Book, NEW YORK TIMES, 2020
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • "The Invisible Bridge"
  • -- New York Times Bestseller

Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Before the storm :
ISBN: 1568584121 OCLC: 418224352

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.

Nixonland :
ISBN: 9780743243032 OCLC: 180755987

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.

Reaganland :
ISBN: 1476793050 OCLC: 1182022400

"Connects the activities and influence of today's conservative movements to a deliberate shift toward right-wing policies that began during the Carter administration and led to the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980."--

The invisible bridge :
ISBN: 1476782415 OCLC: 869437988

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.