Historian Rick Perlstein discusses “The Rise of Ronald Reagan”

March 13, 2012

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Rick Perlstein

Chicago author, political historian, and Rolling Stone magazine columnist Rick Perlstein discusses his book, The Invisible Bridge: The 1970s and the Rise of Ronald Reagan.

Perlstein’s previous books are the critically acclaimed Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. A former writer for The Village Voice, Perlstein wrote op-ed pieces last year in The New York Times about Hubert Humphrey and Betty Ford. During the current presidential campaigns, Perlstein began a regular column for Rolling Stone. Headlines on his recent columns include: “Obama at Halftime: How He Fumbled, Why He’s Recovering,” “Why Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Doesn’t Matter,” and “Ronald Reagan: Welfare Queen of Montana (or: Tax Tips for Mitt Romney).”

Recorded Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at The Cliff Dwellers Club.