All posts tagged: Rick Perlstein

The Guileful Gipper

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Book/film List / Guile is Good! -- the Book (excerpts)

In his excellent history of American politics in the 70’s,The Invisible Bridge, Rick Perlstein shows us a side of Ronald Reagan I was not aware of —Reagan the master rhetorician. Political pros like Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford scorned Reagan as a “lightweight,” but Reagan never doubted his own abilities—especially his communication skills. When a reporter challenged him to explain how he expected to be elected president proposing the same positions on issues like welfare […]