Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004
Penguin, 28 de juny 2005 - 720 pàgines
Cause for jubilation: One of America’s wisest and most necessary voices has distilled what he knows about politics, broadly speaking, into one magnificent volume.
Here at last are Henrik Hertzberg’s most significant, hilarious, and devastating dispatches from the American scene he has chronicled for four decades with an uncanny blend of moral seriousness, high spirits, and perfect rhetorical pitch. Politics is at once the story of American life from LBJ to GWB and a testament to the power of the written word in the right hands. In those hands, politics encompasses everyone from Jerry Garcia to Rush Limbaugh, every place from New Hampshire to Nicaragua, and everything from Playboy vs. Penthouse to Bush vs. Gore.
Hendrik Hertzberg breaks down American politics into its component parts—campaigns, debates, rhetoric, the media, wars (cultural, countercultural, and real), high crimes and misdemeanors, the right, and more. Each section begins with a new piece of writing framing the subject at hand and contains the choicest, most illuminating pieces from his body of work. Politics is a tour of the defining moments of American life from the mid-’60s till the mid-’00s, a ride though recent American history with one of the most insightful and engaging guides imaginable, a writer who consistently makes us see more clearly and feel more deeply.
“Politics is invaluable for all sorts of reasons—chief among them being decades of elegant writing in the service of surgical intelligence.”—Toni Morrison
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It has been a time dominated first by the tribulations of the Clinton presidency and then by the darker era of the 2000 election, September 11, and George W. Bush. The Bush era began with impressive rhetoric and cynical action, ...
Carter's interference—combined, of course, with President Clinton's determination to use force if necessary—turned what would have been a bloody invasion with casualties and bitterness on all sides into a peaceful and apparently quite ...
And if Carter had just come home and issued a statement saying he was glad to have been of service to President Clinton and the country and had then gone back to Plains and kept quiet for a while, he now would be a universally ...
All the other postwar presidents—Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush, and Clinton—have been drawn from the pragmatic center. (No leader of the left or liberal wing of the Democratic Party has ever become president— ...
Second, Carter—unlike Johnson, the veteran Senate leader, and Clinton, the cosmopolitan Rhodes scholar, former antiwar protester, and one-time Senate staffer—had had no exposure to national issues and national politics before he started ...
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A well-organized collection of Hertzberg's writings from 1966 onward. His writing remains cogent, witty, and ascerbic, even if the current events he discusses are years in the past. Llegeix la ressenya completa
Politics: observations & arguments, 1966-2004Revisió d'Usuari - Not Available - Book Verdict
The more than 100 articles collected here are fairly representative of Hertzberg's work over the last 40 years. A writer for The New Yorker , Newsweek , and The New Republic (where he was twice editor ... Llegeix la ressenya completa