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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They tend to think in moral and personal, not political, terms. When their lapel buttons are remotely political, they tend to relate political issues to personal ones, as in the slogans “Make Love Not War,” and “Keep California ...
... have indulged in verbal overkill to the point where language—the basic tool for organizing reality into something that can be understood and acted upon—is no longer descriptive. Terms like “fascism,” “genocide,” stripped of meaning.
... aside the question of whether keeping our violence down to the level of a B-52 raid is something we ought to be proud of, movement violence is political (since there is no question of military victory) and must be judged in terms ...
... OLD ARGUMENTS for the war still walk among us, zombielike, in the form of the theory of the Vietnam syndrome, a term calculated to make.
theory of the Vietnam syndrome, a term calculated to make the American people's desire to avoid another Vietnam sound pathological rather than prudent. Of course, if the war did result in a syndrome, if it did result in a paralysis of ...
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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