A Checkered Past

Nixonland
The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
Rick Perlstein
Scribner, $37.50, 896 pp.

"The main character in Nixonland is not Nixon. Its protagonist, in fact, has no name—but lives on every page. It is the voter who, in 1964, pulled the lever for the Democrat for president because to do anything else, at least that particular Tuesday in November, seemed to court civilizational chaos, and who, eight years later, pulled the lever for the Republican for exactly the same reason.” So begins award-winning historian Rick Perlstein’s compelling...

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Melissa M. Matthes teaches in the Government/Humanities Department of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.