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5.0 out of 5 stars Are We Still In Nixonland?, May 10, 2008
This review is from: Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (Hardcover)
I'm 49 years old, not quite old enough to have a first hand memory of the events and forces covered in this book but I still feel like I've been living in Nixonland all my life. I've read hundreds of books about the 1960's (and the early 1970's, often confused with the 60's) and this is the best. If you fell asleep in 1965 and just woke up and wanted to understand politics and culture today, I'd tell you to read Nixonland before I introduced you to "blogs" or even the 1990's. It takes time to make sense of such a defining era. It's a heck of a page turner too, no one ever said that the period between 1965 & 1973 was boring! Perlstein does a great job of weaving 1960's popular culture into the story but not in a trivializing way.

Even if you are, say, 25, you live in Nixonland too. Like me you grew up with music from Nixonland, TV shows from Nixonland, a culture from Nixonland and, of course, politics shaped and defined by Nixonland. I agree with the author that we are still fighting pretty much the same battles that were first thrust upon the national stage in the form of Richard Nixon and others like RFK, Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and George McGovern who make up the characters in this grand story, all the wierder because its all true. I honestly think, however, that the 2008 election might just mark the beginning of a new era. Some of these battles are getting old. I think we are heading out of Nixonland but we are not there yet. If you want to know where we are and how we, as a country, got here, Nixonland is the place to start.
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Initial post: May 21, 2008, 6:56:46 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 4, 2008, 12:13:02 PM PDT
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Bill Hensler says:
I have to admit that I'm the posters age but remember the events as clear as a bell. My father purchased several newspapers a day and I was alway current on world events. Indeed, Nixon saved Israel from a planned Soviet airborne invasion after the Israeli military soundly defeated a three pronged Arab attack in the Yon Kippor war of 1973, the F101 jets were sitting on the ramps with nuclear tipped missiles The Soviets didn't want the Israeli military to discover they had armed the Arabs with poison gas.

Strange the reviewer of the book has no recollection of first hand events.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2008, 2:12:09 PM PDT
Howard Park says:
Actually, I do remember much of 1968 & after. When I wrote that I had not gotten to '68 yet. That was a year no one over 8 or so could forget.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008, 7:29:02 PM PDT
Mr Ed says:
I don't find it so odd that someone of that age doesn't remember the events from that era. I'm 56 and served in the USMC from 1970-74. I didn't pay that much attention to the politics or world events of the day even though that period included a tour in Vietnam for me. I only started to really pay attention to politics since the Bushies got in there.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2008, 9:22:02 AM PST
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Flying Scot says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2009, 1:57:53 PM PDT
I'm 55, so I lived through most of these events, and I remember the broad strokes. However, I didn't remember a lot of the details. I didn't really start paying attention to politics until I was about 14, although I read the newspapers and the TIME magazines that my parents subscribed to. What struck me about the book was not only refreshing my memory, but seeing those events from a historical perspective. As a teenager, I was very one-sided about most of these issues and it all seemed very simple. Now, of course, it's a different story.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2015, 5:28:49 AM PDT
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Steve says:
You wrote: "Indeed, Nixon saved Israel from a planned Soviet airborne invasion after the Israeli military soundly defeated a three pronged Arab attack in the Yon Kippor war of 1973...."

Kissinger (Nixon?) wanted Israel to bleed 'a little' first.
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