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Politics : Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004 Paperback – Bargain Price, June 28, 2005
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In short, if you read only one non-fiction book this year, let it be this one; Hertzberg will lift you up, he will restore your faith in humanity, and he will remind you of what the English language can do when it's properly employed.
The next day I was at Borders, and found the book. It promised to be a real treat - the first impression that was fully confirmed as I kept reading. All of a sudden, my daily commute became both short and interesting. As an ex-Russian, I appreciated the breadth of the subject matter of this collection of essays, and its vivid writing. I learned a lot about recent American history; an American-born reader who is too young to remember Kennedy and Nixon, hippies and weathermen, will reap a similar benefit.
It is a given that a book by someone of Mr. Hertzberg's standing should be a brilliantly polished piece of literature. Poetics, irony, wit, sarcasm and plain lucid logic are masterfully employed, and perfectly fitted to the subject matter: an interview with John Lennon is pure poetry; passionate, argumentative language is used to convey dismay over the flaws in our political system. Descriptive passages are brilliant; and the punch line is always sharp and unexpected.
But aesthetics of writing is not the only attraction of this book.Read more ›
This book is an impressive archive of Hertzberg's writing over the past 40 years. Most of the book consists of his writing in the 1980s for "The New Republic" and his more recent pieces for "The New Yorker." While his writing has always been impressive, I found that it become more cogent, direct and "punchy" as time went on. His articles are organized into a variety of sections, from "Enough About the Sixties" (the hippies and classic rock), "Great Men," (articles on Carter, Reagan, and RFK), to "Judeo-Christians," "Wingers," "Wedge Issues," and "The Wayward Media."
I found "The Ghost in the Machine" section on proportional representation especially interesting. Not only would such a system do away with pointless anachronisms like the electoral college, but it would obviously be more democratic and representative. Unfortunately, we will most likely never see such a system because it is too threatening to the Powers That Be-- namely, the two major political parties. Sadly, we are much more likely to see a constitutional amendment so that a specific Viennese weightlifter can be President.
This book is a treasure trove of wit and wisdom, and I learned a great deal about recent political history reading it. I urge you to add this invaluable resource to your library.
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It's hard to nominate a more astute, informed, savvy and authoritative commentator on American domestic politics than Hertzberg, who writes with real bite.Published on December 6, 2013 by Stephen J. Whitfield
Hendrik Hertzberg, speechwriter of President Carter and editor for The New Republic and the New Yorker, has collected the best of his essays in this book. Read morePublished on May 23, 2006 by M. A. Krul
Others have drawn attention to Hertzberg's civil tone. We have all become accustomed to discourse via amplified insult; measured voices such as Hertzberg's are refreshing indeed. Read morePublished on August 14, 2005 by _porterhouse
One of the finest nonfiction titles I've ever read. I can't recall having derived so much enjoyment from a book since Brave New World. Read morePublished on May 2, 2005 by K. Ivaturi
Unlike Christopher Hitchens whose prose screams "Look at me, look at me," Hertzberg is a more modest stylist: the words he uses are meant to carry his ideas and to explain them... Read morePublished on February 1, 2005 by English Teacher
I bought this after the NYT Book section gave it a very favorable review...I was unfamiliar with Hertzbergs work, but after reading it, the NYTs unqualified endorsement made more... Read morePublished on January 8, 2005 by K. Horn
I ventured into this book knowing full well that Hertzberg is what we Conservatives call a bleeding-heart Liberal. Read morePublished on November 16, 2004 by Tom Bruce
I read many of these essays when they first appeared in New Republic. Re-reading them now along with the more recent material, I am surprised at how consistently wrong Mr. Read morePublished on September 12, 2004 by Back to Basics
If there is a God--in the sense of a benevolent, omniscient consciousness, which comprehends both the nature of the universe and human nature--then Hendrik Hertzberg is God. Read morePublished on August 27, 2004 by William H. Clipman Th