Told with vivid urgency and sharp political insight, NIXONLAND recaptures America’s turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency of the United States.

Perlstein’s epic account begins in the blood and fire of the 1965 Watts riots, nine months after Lyndon Johnson’s historic landslide victory over Barry Goldwater appeared to herald a permanent liberal consensus in the United States. Yet the next year, scores of liberals were tossed out of Congress, America was more divided than ever, and a disgraced politician was on his way to a shocking comeback: Richard Nixon.

Between 1965 and 1972 America experienced no less than a second civil war. Out of its ashes, the political world we know now was born. Filled with prodigious research and driven by a powerful narrative, Rick Perlstein’s magisterial account of how it all happened confirms his place as one of our country’s most celebrated historians.

A 2008 Best Book selection by The Economist, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor,, Entertainment Weekly, and The Washington Post.


“The best book written about the 1960s.”

“Nonfiction that has the sweep of an epic novel, with The Great American Political Vampire at the center of the action. It’ the best history of the turbulent ‘60s I’ve ever read.”
—Stephen King

“Both brilliant and fun, a consuming journey back into the making of modern politics..”
—Jon Meachm, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“Compulsively readable.”
—George Will, New York Times Book Review

“Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland digs deep into a decisive period of our history and brings back a past that is all the scarier for its intense humanity. With a firm grasp on the larger meaning of countless events and personalities, many of them long forgotten, Perlstein superbly shows how paranoia and innuendo flowed into the mainstream of American politics after 1968, creating divisive passions that have survived for decades.”
—Sean Wilentz Princeton University, author of The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008

“This is a terrific read. What a delight it is to discover the new generation of historians like Rick Perlstein not only getting history correct but giving us all fresh insights and understanding of it.”
—John W. Dean Nixon’s White House counsel

Nixonland is a grand historical epic. Rick Perlstein has turned a story we think we know—American politics between the opposing presidential landslides of 1964 and 1972—into an often surprising and always fascinating new narrative. This riveting book, full of colorful detail and great characters, brings back to life an astonishing era—and shines a new light on our own.”
— Jeffrey Toobin author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

“Ever since Rick Perlstein won the Los Angeles Times Book PriZe…he has been blessed with a budding-star status in history circles. In Nixonland, he comes into full bloom.”
—Austin American Statesman

“Perlstein…aims here at nothing less than weaving a tapestry of social upheaval. His success is dazzling.”
Los Angeles Times

“The best way to convey Rick Perlstein’s achievement in writing Nixonland is to observe that he has taken one of the most endlessly chewed-over periods of American history, the late 1960s and early 1970s, and one of the most thoroughly analyzed American politicians, Richard Nixon, and come up with a fresh and convincing perspective on both.”

“America’s best living historian of the conservative movement…Myth after myth about the 1960s are punctured…It is bigger and better than ideology.”
The American Spectator

“Cements his reputation as a gifted and discerning historian. An exceptional work of excavation, synthesis, and storytelling, Nixonland.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“A hell of a book…a great fit for somebody who really likes the dark side of politics.”
—Chris Matthews, MSNBC