Saturday, May 17, 2008

Reviewed: Perlstein on Nixon and Wilentz on Reagan

Sean Wilentz, The Age of Reagan, and Rick Perlstein, Nixonland, get a round of reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Salon (Wilentz), San Francisco Chronicle (Perlstein) and other papers. Eric Arnesan finds Perlstein's book impressive, elegant and dramatic, in the Chicago Tribune. In “The Age of Reagan,” Douglas Brinkley writes for the New York Times, "-- a smart and accessible overview of the long shadow cast by our 40th president — Wilentz largely abandons partisanship in favor of professionalism. Thus, the supposedly inflexible Reagan emerges here as the pragmatic statesman who greatly reduced the world’s nuclear stockpiles."