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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By 1952, when Rick was nine, he was handing out Adlai Stevenson buttons door to door. At Suffern High School, he organized a slate of candidates for student council offices. They campaigned against “school spirit,” made fun of football, ...
He got no scoops, influenced not a thing, but bemusedly tagged along with the candidates, all the while writing an ongoing chronicle that combined high comedy with moral disappointment. As a writer and as a man, Rick is almost ...
(Meanwhile President Johnson was running as the peace candidate, with the support of S.D.S.) Such relative public indifference to a war with American deaths running into the hundreds would be unthinkable today.
Millard Fillmore was a bad president and a worse ex-president—he ended up trying to get back into the White House as the candidate of the anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant, anti-everything KnowNothing Party—but his badness as ...
Carter was the first and is still the only candidate for president who ever used the word “love”—in its specifically religious ... splitting its vote among several candidates and leaving Carter with a narrow plurality within the party.
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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