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 first time Hertzberg quit the editorship, in 1985, he wrote, in a “Washington Diarist” not included in this book, My reasons for leaving are complicated. In the current (fiftieth anniversary) issue of Partisan Review, ...
Fifty-eight thousand American soldiers were killed. We said we would fight, therefore we must fight: at many a juncture along the way that logic seemed compelling. But it was not a compelling reason to fight forever.
(No leader of the left or liberal wing of the Democratic Party has ever become president— which is one reason that the conventional assumption that liberalism has been tried and found wanting is a little unfair.
Well, I never had any problems of conscience about working for Jimmy Carter— for two reasons. The less important reason was that I was absolutely certain that Ted Kennedy could never be elected president of the United States—not because ...
The second and more important reason had to do with this matter of Carter's moral ideology. I used to say to my liberal friends, “Jimmy Carter is the first president of my adult life who is not criminally insane.
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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