Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present
Books , Kindle Edition / May 31, 2018

A vividly told history of how greed bred America’s economic ills over the last forty years, and of the men most responsible for them.

As Jeff Madrick makes clear in a narrative at once sweeping, fast-paced, and incisive, the single-minded pursuit of huge personal wealth has been on the rise in the United States since the 1970s, led by a few individuals who have argued that self-interest guides society more effectively than community concerns. These stewards of American capitalism have insisted on the central and essential place of accumulated wealth through the booms, busts, and recessions of the last half-century, giving rise to our current woes.

The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
Books , Kindle Edition / June 1, 2017

Mr. Hersh writes: “The book had its beginnings in my experiences as a Washington reporter for the New York Times during Watergate.” But even at the height of the outcry over the methods and the morality of the men at the top, foreign policy remained sacrosanct. I began my research certain that there was more to be known about the conduct of foreign affairs. I came to realize that even sophisticated public servants perceived something crucially different about the conduct of foreign policy in the Nixon White House. That difference and its cost to both the participants and the country is what I have tried to describe. Four years in the writing, based on more than 1,000 interviews and on extensive research in both published and unpublished sources. The Price of Power will forever alter the way we perceive the workings of our government and will become part of the permanent history of our time.

American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Pivotal Moments in American History)
Books , Kindle Edition / May 18, 2017

In his presidential inaugural address of January 1965, Lyndon Johnson offered an uplifting vision for America, one that would end poverty and racial injustice. Elected in a landslide over the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater and bolstered by the so-called liberal consensus, economic prosperity, and a strong wave of nostalgia for his martyred predecessor, John Kennedy, Johnson announced the most ambitious government agenda in decades. Three years later, everything had changed. Johnson’s approval ratings had plummeted; the liberal consensus was shattered; the war in Vietnam splintered the nation, and the politics of civil rights had created a fierce white backlash. A report from the National Committee for an Effective Congress warned of a “national nervous breakdown.” The election of 1968 was immediately caught up in a swirl of powerful forces, and the nine men who sought the nation’s highest office that year attempted to ride them to victory-or merely survive them. On the Democratic side, Eugene McCarthy energized the anti-war movement; George Wallace spoke to the working-class white backlash; Robert Kennedy took on the mantle of his slain brother. Entangled in Vietnam, Johnson, stunningly, opted not to run again, scrambling the odds. On the Republican side, 1968 saw the vindication of…

All the President’s Men
Books , Kindle Edition / March 3, 2017

All the President’s Men
The most devastating political detective story of the century: the inside account of the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, now with a 40th anniversary Afterword on the legacies of Watergate and Richard Nixon. This is the book that changed America. Published just months before President Nixon’s resignation,…