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A Tale of Two Ads (or Three, If You Count the Primaries)

The Trump and Hillary ads that I saw last night were the best political ads that I had seen in the 2016 general election.  I got goosebumps after watching both of them!  They were very well done.  In this post, … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: War Against War, by Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin.  War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918.  Simon and Schuster, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Michael Kazin teaches history at Georgetown University and co-edits the publication Dissent.  War Against War: The American Fight for … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Wrapped in the Flag, by Claire Conner

Claire Conner.  Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.  See here to buy the book.  See also here, which has a later edition of the book.  One of the Amazon reviews there … Continue reading

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Remnants of Conservatism

Ronald Reagan used to say that he did not leave the Democratic Party, but the Democratic Party left him.  Many people who change political parties say something similar.  “Oh, I miss the days when the Republican Party was much more … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Radicals for Capitalism, by Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty.  Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement.  New York: PublicAffairs, 2007. I saw this book several years ago in a public library.  At least I think it was this book—-I know that I … Continue reading

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Jonathan Aitken’s Nixon: A Life 5

On page 266 of Nixon: A Life, Jonathan Aitken relays a story that Elliott Richardson told him about Vice-President Richard Nixon.  Richardson at the time was acting Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).  Richardson under President Nixon would serve … Continue reading

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Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s Pat Nixon: The Untold Story 8

On page 442 of Pat Nixon: The Untold Story, Julie Nixon Eisenhower talks about the books that her mother, Pat Nixon, liked to read after Richard Nixon’s departure from the Presidency: “Her favorite books were the historical novels by the … Continue reading

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Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s Pat Nixon: The Untold Story 5

I have two items to share for my post today about Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s Pat Nixon: The Untold Story. 1.  One thought that occurred to me while reading Julie’s book was “What exactly will it take to please some people?”  … Continue reading

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Nixon Reconsidered 1

I started Joan Hoff’s Nixon Reconsidered.  I first heard of this book when I was in high school.  I believe it was in 1994, when the book came out.  I had a subscription to the rather conservative Insight magazine (which … Continue reading

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Roger Morris’ Richard Milhous Nixon 9

For my blog post today about Roger Morris’ Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician, I’ll use as my starting-point something that Morris says on page 309.  The context is Richard Nixon’s run for Congress in 1946 against … Continue reading

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