Books Rick Perlstein Books by Rick Perlstein Rick Perlstein has written books about: Nonfiction History & Society Politics & Public Affairs Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Rick Perlstein Books How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans Fresh Air August 5, 2014 Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid-'70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good. How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans Listen· 37:27 37:27 Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/337917291/338092321" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Book Reviews The 'Bridge' From Watergate To Reagan, Masterfully Drawn August 5, 2014 News becomes history so quickly — and history is the source of endless disagreements. Rick Perlstein's new history of '70s politics is a skillful analysis of a complex, divisive era in America. Excerpt: 'The Tribes Of America' December 8, 2008 I've been a political radical since the Sixties. But by late 1971, when I began these explorations, life inside the New Left had become an emotional burden. Best Books of 2008 Best Political And Current Affairs Books Of 2008 November 26, 2008 The events of 2008 raised a raft of controversies to national consciousness. These powerful books wrap the issues in compelling narratives — and provide the perspective of history. Author Interviews A Nation Divided In 'Nixonland' August 21, 2008 Rick Perlstein's book, Nixonland, combines an evocative trip through the 1960s and early 1970s with an assessment of the impact of Richard Nixon's political career. Perstein argues that many of the deep political divisions in modern American politics were defined by that period, and exploited effectively by Nixon. A Nation Divided In 'Nixonland' Listen Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/93848994/93848535" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Books 'Nixonland' Explores America in Flux May 21, 2008 In 1964, Democrat Lyndon Johnson won the presidency in a landslide victory; eight years later, Republican president Richard Nixon was reelected in an equally lopsided race. In his new book, Nixonland, historian Rick Perlstein looks at the chaotic years between those elections. 'Nixonland' Explores America in Flux Listen Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/90644710/90672061" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Books Excerpt: 'Nixonland' May 21, 2008 Perlstein appears interested, not angry, with Nixon's colossal influence on American politics.