mm306: The rare commercial message

MUDGE’s Musings

We don’t do a lot of selling here at Left-Handed Complement; just as well. My entire adult life has been spent proving repeatedly that yr (justifiably) humble svt is absolutely justified to have abject humility when it comes to his ability to sell.

Thus, when we make the rare exception, it’s usually for a good reason.

A close friend of a close friend is publishing a new study of America in the time of Richard Nixon. I’ve seen a pre-production copy, and it’s the real deal.

If you treasure the memory of David Halberstam, you will absolutely cherish Rick Perlstein’s “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America,” to be published in May, and available for pre-order at

The usual disclaimer will appear at the bottom of this post: we receive zero remuneration from Amazon, nor any other enterprise or person discussed in this space. We provide links as a Sequitur Service© (as first discussed here).

In this case, though, we’ve been asked to take this opportunity to nudge Mr. Perlstein’s publisher into taking this book as seriously as it deserves; pre-orders at Amazon can be significant motivators of publishers.

Like Halberstam, whose marvelous Korean War history “The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War” has warmed our cold winter here at Casa MUDGE of late, Perlstein is an energetic and comprehensive researcher and incisive interviewer, and “Nixonland” illuminates the players, grand and minute, who trod the stage of public life during the drama that was the presidency of Richard Nixon.

Buy this book. Oh, and while you’re out at Amazon, check out the reviews of Perlstein’s earlier history: “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus.” This man’s a writer’s writer.

Order Nixonland.

It’s it for now. Thanks,


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2 Responses to mm306: The rare commercial message

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