Rick Perlstein

This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com on October 30, 2017. EDITOR’S NOTE: Take a long look at the photograph above of
New York Times' public editor Margaret Sullivan weighed in on the newspaper's coverage of the plagiarism charges against
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Ron Reagan and Ron Christie discuss clashing portrayals of Ronald Reagan -- Perlstein's smart, shrewd charmer (The Invisible Bridge) and Cannon's under-informed raconteur (Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime). Consensus: he was a shrewd fabulist. And on the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation, both Rons lament the Watergate-ization of politics but disagree who's the better president -- RN or BO.

Our long national nightmare may have ended on August 9, 1974, but many more very bad dreams were yet to come.
I sat down a few weeks ago with Rick Perlstein, author of Before the Storm and Nixonland, to discuss his latest, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.
Rick Perlstein is one of America’s greatest chroniclers of the origins of the modern American right wing. In “Before the
The fire that swept America in early 1964 was a derivation of the one that incinerated the nation in 1861: the scourge of slavery and the curse of segregation that followed the Civil War.
At this pivotal moment, progressives should not leave the messaging battle about the ACA to right wingers and Obama loyalists. While critiquing the law for its entanglement with the profit-voracious insurance industry, we should fight for quality healthcare for everyone
In too many ways, the GOP of 2012 could not plausibly deny that which has become too plain to ignore -- that it is the part of antipathy to difference and social change.
Political historian Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland and writer for Rolling Stone, The Nation and other publications, stopped by The Interview Show to give host Mark Bazer his take on the GOP, Barack Obama and the 2012 election.
Dingell said that since he has been in office, the number of death threats he has received have jumped significantly and
The experiences of liberal elites are so outside of the mainstream that, very often, they just don't understand the working class. Very few have any experience living with or knowing working-class people.
There is no "we" in the protester's view, no welcome for your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of fellow Americans, much less immigrants. There is only my family, my friends, my neighborhood, my church and my ethnic group,
Conservatives believe -- with justification -- that if they get angry enough and loud enough, liberals will back down from fights like this one.
So the birthers, the anti-tax tea-partiers, the town hall hecklers -- these are "either" the genuine grass roots or evil
Have insane people and extremist nut jobs become light entertainment for cable news outfits?
"Palin-land:" where Sarah Milhous Palin barnstorms the country arguing that drilling can stop climate change, tax cuts can stop the recession and "family values" can win the day.
Last week I was greeted with an uncomfortable curiosity: a brace of hate mail in my inbox, received within a 20-minute span
It is undeniably true that there is a dangerous and virulent streak of violence and fascism in American conservatism, now and throughout our country's history.