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Rick Perlstein's 'The Invisible Bridge' spans Nixon-Reagan transition
Rick Perlstein's 'The Invisible Bridge' spans Nixon-Reagan transition

I watched Watergate unfold as if it were a spectator sport. Not just the Irvin committee hearings, at which John W. Dean intoned that "there was a cancer growing on the presidency," but also the House Judiciary Committee hearings, the press conferences, all of it. This was the beginning, or so it seemed, of a new era in American politics, an era of humility and transparency, involving, as Rick Perlstein explains in "The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan," "a new definition of patriotism, one built upon questioning authority and unsettling ossified norms." Who could have imagined that in 1980, just six years after Richard Nixon's...

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