Hendrik Hertzberg: Politics Observations and Arguments 1966 2004

T it might take to begin to change ither of those things Political commentary written lucidly An indispensable guide to the political struggles in America of the past forty years I cannot imagine thinking about contemporary political issues without having an understanding of their antecedents and Hertzberg illuminates them Many dispatches are prescient others aren t But that s the cost of thinking aloud Richly displays a rarely seen humanity in politics Emotionally connects with the figures he writes about and gives you hope in the potential good of the system One of my favorite. Hand A tour of the defining moments of American life from the mid ’60s to the mid ’00s Politics is at once the story of American life from LBJ to GWB and a testament to the power of the written word.

I now want Hertzberg to xplain anything and verything to me When my dad bought a subscription for The New Republic in the 1980s 90s it was columnists like Hertzberg that made it one of my favourite magazines This is a collection of his pieces for NR and other magazines that run from the late 1970s till 2004 There are xcellent profiles of RFK and Jimmy Carter Hertzberg was one of his speechwriters and a perceptive history of tabloids in New York City In 651 pages not verything is going to stand out and some of the political reporting is dated but ven within these there are in. Here at last are Hendrik Hertzberg’s most significant hilarious and devastating dispatches from the American scene he has chronicled for four decades with an uncanny blend of moral seriousness high spi.

Sights HH is a devoted proponent of proportional representation which he details in several articles Very good Finished it a while back At first it was like reliving the 80s which was unpleasant Later it became like reliving the G W Bush years which was than unpleasant But the writing was good and the thought mostly clearI appreciated his observations on the unrepresentativeness of our voting system and his hope that a proportional system night improve things The Senate is of course unrepresentative by design and hard to fix and the Electoral College is ridiculous I m not sure wha. Rits and perfect rhetorical pitch Arranged thematically ach section contains the choicest most illuminating pieces from his body of work and begins with a new piece of writing that frames the subject at.

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