Rick Perlstein


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Corey Robin, The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin

By: Saturday February 25, 2012 1:59 pm

Cory Robin and I go way back. We were in a political discussion together where the hot topic was the WTO protests in Seattle—the “Occupy” movement of 1998. Since then, I’ve always been a deep admirer of his essays; if he’s saved his emails from the intervening fifteen years, I’m sure he’d find a bunch from me praising his various pieces from the London Review of Books when they came out. I was thrilled to learn he was collecting his pieces into a book. I was even more thrilled when I read it and saw how he was able to link them together into a coherent argument which—well, read my blurb on the book…

FDL Book Salon Welcomes William Kleinknecht, The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America

By: Saturday May 15, 2010 2:00 pm

[Welcome author William Kleinknecht, and Host Rick Perlstein] [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread.  - bev] The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America I’ll never forget my own trip to Dixon, Illinois, Ronald [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes John W. Dean, Blind Ambition: The End of the Story

By: Sunday December 20, 2009 2:00 pm

Blind Ambition is—if you haven’t read it already—a great book for any member of the Firedoglake community to read. The entire complex of events that ended up with the shorthand name “Watergate” is incredibly convoluted; think of the Plame affair, multiply it by twenty, and extend the drama over twenty-six months—or twenty-six years, because really, the story did not end with Richard Nixon’s resignation on August 8, 1974, and it hasn’t even ended yet, as John’s splendid afterward (which offers the most convincing explanation in print of what the Watergate burglars were looking for in DNC headquarters) makes perfectly clear. And Blind Ambition, John Dean’s memoir of his participation in the events, is the best single volume Watergate book, out of the literally hundreds of them, to get a full and three-dimensional understanding of the whole thing from start to finish, from the warped executive psychology that produced it (in one of the books funnier scenes young Dean is tasked with screening the avant-garde omnisexual drag queen extravaganza Tricia’s Wedding to see if a case can be made to clamp the filmmakers in leg irons, or something) to the most gripping mystery story history has ever given us.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Kim Phillips-Fein, Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan

By: Sunday April 19, 2009 2:00 pm

I’m very proud to help introduce the work of Kim Phillips-Fein to a wider audience. Way back in the mid-nineties in New York City, a bunch of us aspiring professional public intellectuals used to get together for drinks every couple of weeks. Kim was the brightest of the bunch. She demonstrated her exemplary intellectual citizenship in a searching and stylish series of articles and reviews in magazines like The Nation, The American Prospect, and In These Times.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tom Geoghegan

By: Sunday February 17, 2008 2:00 pm

(Please welcome in the comments Tom Geoghegan, author of See You in Court: How the Right Made America a Lawsuit Nation and host Rick Perlstein — jh)

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Linda Perlstein

By: Sunday September 16, 2007 2:00 pm

(Please welcome author Linda Perlstein, author of Tested: One American School Struggles To Make the Grade and her fabulous brother Rick Perlstein to chat with us in the comments today — JH)

I’ve been a proud member of the FDL extended family for a couple of years now. (“Kobe is a big Rick Perlstein fan”, dammit!).

FDL Book Salon: The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat In Winner-Take-All America

By: Sunday July 29, 2007 2:18 pm

Please welcome author Daniel Brook and reviewer Rick Perlstein for our book chat, and keep the conversation on topic. Thanks! Other open discussion can go on for the fresh topic thread just below this one. The original version of this review ran here: be sure to bookmark Rick’s blog!

FDL Book Salon: How Bush Rules, Week 1

By: Sunday September 24, 2006 2:00 pm

  Some of you might have noticed, or not, that Sidney Blumenthal’s book is published by Princeton University Press. One of the nice things about buying a book from a university press is that you’re almost guaranteed that the manuscript has been read by several experts in the field who certify that it is more [...]

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