BOOK REVIEWS

Divided We Stand: Nixonland by Rick Perlstein

2008

Nixonland book cover

I often think it’s comical – Fal, lal, la!

How Nature always does contrive – Fal, lal, la!

That every boy and every gal

That’s born into the world alive

Is either a little Liberal

Or else a little Conservative!

–Gilbert and Sullivan, Private Willis song from Iolanthe

Is there still a war going on for the soul of this country? And will our divisive Red State-Blue State politics continue to be an endless rerun of the culture wars fought during the 1960s?

In his sprawling new book, Nixonland (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Rick Perlstein, a senior fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future, a liberal public policy shop, and the author of a well-acclaimed biography of Barry Goldwater, describes an apocalyptic battle waged by two groups of Americans – forerunners of today’s Democrat and Republican parties – each convinced of its own morality and of the other’s irredeemable evil.

Says Perlstein, the 39-year-old author, Nixonland is “what happens when these two groups try to occupy a country together.” Perlstein paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of this country coming apart at the seams during the sixties against a backdrop of race riots, anti-war demonstrations, assassinations, and unprecedented social ferment.

Standing astride the raging civil war between right and left was the figure of Richard Nixon, of whom Perlstein writes:

The crucial figure was [this] brilliant and tormented man struggling to forge a public language that promised mastery of the strange new angers, anxieties and resentments wracking the nation in the 1960s.  His story is the engine of this narrative.

No shortage of books exists on the legacy of Richard Nixon and of the turbulent 1960s.
The valuable contribution of Nixonland, however, is the way in which the author outlines Nixon’s success in exploiting and stoking that era’s heated polarization to fashion a winning Republican coalition. Today’s “culture wars” and take-no-prisoners style of politics, says Perlstein, can be traced directly back to Nixon, in many ways the originator and practitioner par excellence of race-baiting and wedge politics.

Helping the reader to understand Nixon’s success in navigating the zeitgeist of the sixties, the author uses the clever leitmotif of two socio-cultural archetypes: the “Orthogonians” and the “Franklins,” named after two warring fraternities at Nixon’s alma mater, Whittier College.

According to this dichotomy, Orthogonians are quiet, hard-working, (white) middle-class strivers, “not to the manner born”, much like Nixon himself, the impoverished son of a bullying grocery store owner in the small, cactus-covered town of Yorba Linda, California. On the other side of the cultural divide are the “well rounded, graceful” Franklins, who glide effortlessly through life, armed with sophistication and polish and all the right connections, the Big Men on Campus.

The best way to understand today’s rancorous political culture, says Perlstein, is to view it through the prism of this enduring battle between Orthogonians – ordinary folks, steeped in resentment and grievances, but possessed of simple patriotism and pleasures – and the Franklins, those cosmopolitan liberal elites who, in Nixon’s words, “look down their noses at you and me.”

Throughout his political career, Nixon not only successfully embraced the Orthogonians of the world, but also cultivated a lifelong hatred of the Franklins – hatred, incidentally, that was more than returned in kind.

Starting in college, Nixon, the “serial collector of resentments,” learned a valuable lesson:

Being hated by the right people was no impediment to political success. The unpolished after all, were everywhere in the majority.

Perlstein credits Nixon’s genius in creating a new class politics for the white middle class Orthogonians…

The greater their power, the more they felt oppressed.  When the people who felt like losers united around their shared psychological sense of grievance, their enemies felt somehow more overwhelming, not less…even if the Franklins weren’t always so really powerful at all.”

 

Who were these Franklins that Orthogonians hated so? Figures like Adlai Stevenson, Jerry Voorhis (Nixon’s first victim of red-baiting politics), Alger Hiss (“here was someone Nixon could hate quite productively”), and blue-blooded establishment figures like Averill Harriman, and pretty much the entire Kennedy clan. (If Nixon were alive today, he might very well tag the liberal, Harvard Law School-educated Barack Obama as a cultural elitist, and thus a worthy object of his scorn.)

As much as Franklins congratulated themselves for “seeing through” Nixon’s maudlin and manipulative hustle (The New Republic said “this kept man was bamboozling people who were not rich into believing he was their tribune.”), at the end of the day even they were powerless to stem his appeal among the “silent majority.“ (i.e. the poor, put-upon Orthogonians.)

In the hothouse atmosphere of Nixonland, Perlstein notes that liberals themselves – for all their piety and high-mindedness – fell victim to their own forms of delusion and basic clueless ness.

“I have written of these liberals simple faiths…the belief that if only Nixon’s people could see reason, their prejudices would melt away, their true interests would be recognized, and they would end up liberals themselves.”

Another factor helping Nixon’s skill in harnessing Orthogonians grievances to political fame and fortune, ironically enough, was the success of FDR’s New Deal. By the 1950s, with the rise of a prosperous middle-class consumer society more and more Americans were placing their faith in the Republican Party to preserve and expand the gains of that prosperity, and Richard Nixon became their spokesman.

But the 1960s were a different animal. Born in 1969, Perlstein was too young himself to have experienced the tumultuous whirlwinds of the 60s. However, he has done a masterful job of imagining himself into that era, excavating scores of fascinating and entertaining historical nuggets in the space of nearly 800 pages.

Hard though it may be to believe, only forty years ago writers such as Garry Wills were predicting the nation would break out into a second civil war. Within the space of a few years, America suffered a series of internal convulsions stemming from the war in Vietnam, the civil rights movement, women’s liberation, environmentalism, etc. Perlstein documents these national upheavals in rich, sometimes excruciating, detail, as he writes: “The berserk was breaking out on every side.”

A powerful grass-roots movement of ideological conservatives bubbled up, forming a powerful backlash to this social ferment. Perlstein examines this movement in greater detail in his biography of Barry Goldwater, but touches upon it in Nixonland as well. Channeling the grievances of the country’s Orthogonians, these early movement conservatives were determined, by any means necessary, to “save civilization” from what they viewed as the forces opposed to “law and order” and middle class respectability.

Perlstein describes the arrival on the scene of many of these colorful characters, among them: Spiro “nattering nabobs of negativism” Agnew, Ronald Reagan, Patrick Buchanan, Thomas Charles Huston, George Wallace, (a Dixie Democrat), Frank Rizzo, E. Howard Hunt, and Donald Segretti. Last but not least, making his debut in these pages is a teen-aged Karl Rove whose internship in the dark arts of campaign espionage would pay handsome dividends for the GOP in future Presidential contests.

It is virtually impossible to understand the fortunes of Richard Nixon and today’s Republican Party without examining the role of these seminal figures. And Perlstein concludes that the legacy of that battle royale – with Red America and Blue America still poised at the ramparts — continues to define our divided political culture:

“Nixon left behind the very terms of our national self image…the argument over Richard Nixon, pro and con, originally gave us the language for this war.  How did Nixonland end?  It has not ended yet.”

Nixonland offers its readers a roller coaster ride through the 1960’s. The author’s meticulous research of the characters and events that shaped that fateful period makes for a very entertaining and worthwhile read.

Richard Nixon’s twisted psyche has been chewed over by scores of historians and psychoanalysts, but Perlstein’s singular contribution is demonstrating how Nixon embodied the deep cultural fissures of the time and, to this day, how his legacy continues to frame our tumultuous political climate.

However much we think we can move past or bury the resentments stirred up by the social upheavals of the 60’s, Perlstein’s endlessly absorbing Nixonland reminds us that today is not always a better or brand new day in our politics.

As the popular blogger Heather “Digby” Parton has noted, “We are still living in Nixonland, and perhaps we always will.”

Rick Perlstein

Joy E. Stocke

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Joy E. Stocke

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In 2006, Joy E. Stocke founded Wild River Review with Kimberly Nagy, an outgrowth of the literary magazine, The Bucks County Writer, of which Stocke was Editor in Chief. In 2009, as their editorial practice grew, Stocke and Nagy founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.

With more than twenty-five years experience as a writer and journalist, Stocke works with many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.

In addition, Stocke has shepherded numerous writers into print. She has interviewed Nobel Prize winners Orhan Pamuk and Muhammud Yunus, Pulitzer Prizewinner Paul Muldoon, Paul Holdengraber, host of LIVE from the NYPL; Roshi Joan Halifax, founder of Upaya Zen Center; anthropologist and expert on end of life care, Mary Catherine Bateson; Ivonne Baki, President of the Andean Parliament; and Templeton Prizewinner Freeman Dyson among others.

In 2006, along with Nagy, Stocke interviewed scientists and artists including former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman and Dean of Faculty, David P. Dobkin for the documentary Quark Park, chronicling the creation of an award-winning park built on a vacant lot in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey; a park that united art, science and community.

She is president of the Board of Directors at the Cabo Pulmo Learning Center, Cabo Pulmo, Baja Sur, Mexico; and is a member of the Turkish Women’s International Network.

In addition, Stocke has written extensively about her travels in Greece and Turkey.  Her memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses & Saints, based on more than ten years of travel through Turkey, co-written with Angie Brenner was published in March 2012. Her cookbook, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking will be published in March, 2017 by Quarto Books under the Burgess Lea Press imprint . Stocke and Brenner are currently testing recipes for a companion book, which will feature Anatolian-inspired mezes from around the world.

Stocke’s essay “Turkish American Food” appears in the 2nd edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (OUP, 2013).  The volume won both International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for Beverage/Reference/Technical category, 2014; and the Gourmand Award for the Best Food Book of the Year, 2014.

She is the author of a bi-lingual book of poems, Cave of the Bear, translated into Greek by Lili Bita based on her travels in Western Crete, and is currently researching a book about the only hard-finger coral reef in Mexico on the Baja Sur Peninsula. She has been writing about environmental issues there since 2011.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the Agriculture Journalism School where she also received a minor of Food Science, she participated in the Lindisfarne Symposium on The Evolution of Consciousness with cultural philosopher, poet and historian, William Irwin Thompson. In 2009, she became a Lindisfarne Fellow.

EMAIL: joy@wildriverbooks.com

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/joy.stocke

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Kimberly Nagy

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In 2006, Kimberly Nagy founded Wild River Review with Joy E. Stocke; and in 2009, they founded Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC.  With more than twenty years in the field of publishing, Nagy specializes in market outreach and digital media strategies as well as crafting timeless articles and interviews. She edits many of the writers who appear in the pages of Wild River Review, as well as clients from around the world.

Kimberly Nagy is a poet, professional writer, and dedicated reader who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers, including Academy-Award winning filmmaker, Pamela Tanner Boll, MacArthur Genius Award-winning Edwidge Danticat, historian James McPherson, playwright Emily Mann, biologist and novelist, Sunetra Gupta and philosopher Alain de Botton.

Nagy is an author, editor and professional storyteller. She received her BA in history at Rider University where she was influenced by professors who stressed works of literature alongside dates and historical facts–as well as the importance of including the perspectives of women and minorities in the historical record. During a period in which she fell in love with writing and research, Nagy wrote an award-winning paper about the suppression of free speech during World War I, and which featured early 20th century feminist and civil rights leader, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

Nagy continued her graduate studies at University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied with Dr. Karen Kupperman, an expert in early contact between Native Americans and the first European settlers. Nagy wrote her Masters thesis, focusing on the work of the first woman to be accepted into the Connecticut Historical Society as well as literary descriptions of Native Americans in Connecticut during the 19th century. Nagy has extensive background and interest in anthropological, oral history and cultural research.

After graduate school, Nagy applied her academic expertise to a career in publishing, in which she worked for two of the world’s foremost publishers—Princeton University Press and W.W. Norton—as well as at Thomson, Institutional Investor MagazineRoutledge UK, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

WEBSITE: www.kimnagy.com
EMAIL: knagywrr@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/iknagy?ref=profile”
TWITTER: kimnagy

Kimberly Nagy in this Edition

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Postcard from Haiti

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Lady of the Largest Heart: Remembering Muna Imady

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Pamela Tanner Boll – Dangerous Women: Creativity, Motherhood, and the World of Art
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Slim Hopes
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Cool Chick

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Cool Chick     

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Cool Chick is an inspired force of literary nature — a lifelong writer who is dedicated to the wild river school of writing.

Educated at Wild River Community College, later attending Wild River University, Cool Chick is working on her PhD in changing the world – one story at a time.

Saad Abulhab

Type designer, librarian, and systems engineer, Saad D. Abulhab, was born in 1958 in Sacramento, California, and grew up in Iraq. Residing in the US since 1979, he is currently Director of Technology of the Newman Library of Baruch College, the City University of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences from Pratt Institute, both in Brooklyn. Involved since 1992 in the field of Arabetic computing and typography, he is most noted for his non-traditional type designs and the Mutamathil type style which was awarded a US Utility Patent in 2003. Designed more that 16 fonts families since 1998 and wrote several articles in the field of Arabetic typography and scripts.

Opal Palmer Adisa

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Opal Palmer Adisa

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Opal Palmer Adisa, Ph. D, diverse and multi-genre, is an exceptional talent, nurtured on cane-sap and the oceanic breeze of the Caribbean. Writer of both poetry and prose, playwright/director, professor, educator and cultural activist, Adisa has lectured and read her work throughout the United States, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Germany, Spain, France, England and Prague, and has performed in Italy and Bosnia. An award-winning poet and prose writer, Adisa has sixteen titles to her credit, including the novel, It Begins With Tears (1997), that Rick Ayers proclaimed as one of the most motivational works for young adults.

She has been a resident artist in internationally acclaimed residencies such as Arte Studio Ginestrelle (Assis, Italy), El Gounda (Egypt), Sacatar Institute (Brazil) and McColl Center, (North Carolina) and Headlines Center for the Arts (California, USA). Opal Palmer Adisa’s work has been reviewed by Ishmael Reed, Al Young, and Alice Walker (Color Purple), who described her work as “solid, visceral, important stories written with integrity and love.”

Following in the tradition of the African “griot” Opal Palmer Adisa, an accomplished storyteller, commands the mastery and extraordinary talent of storytelling, exemplary of her predecessors. Through her imaginative characterizations of people, places and things, she is able to transport her listeners to the very wonderlands she creates.

A gifted diversity trainer, literary critic, and proud mother of three accomplished children, Opal is the former parenting editor and host of KPFA Radio Parenting show in Berkley, California. Columnist for The Graduate Parent for the “Healthy You,” website and wrote a bi-monthly poetry column for The Daily News, St. Thomas. Adisa has published hundreds of articles on different aspects of parenting, writing and poetry and is currently completing a book on effective parenting.

A Distinguished professor of creative writing and literature in the MFA program at California College of the Arts, where she teaches in the Fall. She has been a visiting professor at several universities including, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and University of the Virgin Islands. Her poetry, stories, essays and articles on a wide range of subjects have been collected in over 400 journals, anthologies and other publications, including Essence Magazine. She has also conducted workshops in elementary through high school, museums, churches and community centers, as well as in prison and juvenile centers.

Opal Palmer Adisa is a vivacious, motivational speaker who will enthrall and mesmerize you with her words.

WEBSITE: https://opalpalmeradisa.com

Works by Opal Palmer Adisa

Boonoonoos Children

Phyllis Carol Agins

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Phyllis Carol Agins’ fiction includes two novels: Suisan and Never the Same River Twice, as well as numerous short stories, published in Kalliope, Paragraph, and Lilith Magazine (Fall ‘06), among other journals. Her children’s book, Sophie’s Name, has been in print since 1990, and she also co-authored One God, Sixteen Houses, an architectural study. For many years, she served on the board of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and taught writing at Penn State Abington. Lately, she divides her time between Fairmont Park and the Mediterranean coast. She has completed a comic novel about young widowhood and is polishing a literary mystery centering on the Shakespeare authorship question. Her next book will follow a Jewish family as they leave Algeria to make a new life in France and America.

Works by Phyllis Carol Agins

Secets
Under Her Hat

Angela Ajayi

Angela Ajayi spent over ten years in publishing, mainly as a book editor, until she became a freelance writer. She holds a BA from Calvin College and an MA from Columbia University. Her essays and author interviews have appeared in the Star Tribune and Afroeuropa: Journal of Afro-European Studies. She currently writes book reviews for The Common Online. Her first short story, “Galina,” will be published by Fifth Wednesday Journal this fall. She likes to think she defies easy categorization, identifying through birth and citizenship as a Nigerian-Ukrainian-American writer. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter.

Bill Alexander

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Bill Alexander

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Bill Alexander is a published fiction writer for Venture Magazine, Spectrum Magazine, and Drumbeat Magazine. As an intern for Wild River Review, he contributes to the column Wild Table, sharing his thoughts and insights on food and culture. Born and raised in New Jersey and a New Orleanian at heart, Bill is an avid storyteller and devoted writer who believes strongly in originality over faddism.

EMAIL: Luckgreen12@aol.com

Works by Bill Alexander

Embers of September: Every Family Has a Story to Tell

Chris Allen

Chris Allen became interested in filmmaking during High School, and has pursued it ever since. He studied Bhakti Yoga (which he still practices) in Chicago before receiving a degree in Film and Television from New York University. After raising three children and producing videos in corporate America, Allen started his own film company, Open Sky Cinema, writing and producing documentaries. They include “The Delaware and Raritan Canal,” “Lost Princeton,” “A Warm and Loving Look — The Poetry of Stephen Kalinich,” and “Open Sky.”

In his documentary, “Quark Park,” Allen filmed and interviewed dozens of scientists, artists, sculptors, landscape architects, and architects in collaboration with Quark Park’s creators Peter Soderman, Kevin Wilkes; and with the Wild River Review.

Works by Chris Allen

An Interview with Rush Holt

Renee Ashley

Renée Ashley is the author of five volumes of poetry: Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize); Basic Heart (winner of the 2008 X.J.Kennedy Poetry Prize); The Revisionist’s Dream; The Various Reasons of Light; and Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press), as well as a novel, Someplace Like This, and two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wings and The Verbs of Desiring. Ashley teaches poetry in the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and across the genres in the MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators. She has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in both poetry and prose and a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A portion of her poem, “First Book of the Moon,” is included in a permanent installation in Penn Station, Manhattan, by the artist Larry Kirkland. She has served as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and, for seven years, as Poetry Editor of The Literary Review. Her new collection, The View from the Body, was published by Black Lawrence Press in March 2016.