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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... the liberal revolutions in Poland and the Soviet Union. The constant internal skirmishing at TNR was invigorating, but for the participants it could be wearing, too. The first time Hertzberg quit the editorship, in 1985, he wrote, ...
... his support for civil liberties and free expression, escaped from the Soviet Union in 1936 one step ahead of the firing squad, fled Paris just as the Nazis were entering the city, and spent his final years in exile in Mexico City.
I don't mean to be rude, but isn't this an excellent description of China? And, minus the chaos, of the Soviet Union? Is this really the kind of society we want in our country? In its report on the December 27–30 Weatherman conference ...
Gradually he discovered that the “revolutionary socialism” of the Third World is brutal, that the Soviet Union is armed and dangerous, that for all its flaws American democracy is the moral superior of any form of communism.
James Buchanan was a weak and mediocre president, and the fact that he later became a firm supporter of Lincoln and the Union cannot alter that judgment. Millard Fillmore was a bad president and a worse ex-president—he ended up trying ...
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LibraryThing ReviewRevisió d'Usuari - selfnoise - LibraryThing
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