Robert G. Kaiser is a former Managing Editor and Associate Editor at The Washington Post. His most recent book is Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t. (November 2016)
The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell
by Alec MacGillis
That Mitch McConnell became a prominent public figure because of his battles against limits on campaign spending is entirely apt. His career spans the era in which money has become the dominant force in our elections, and this suits him fine.
Fatal Politics: The Nixon Tapes, the Vietnam War, and the Casualties of Reelection
by Ken Hughes
Thanks to his gross abuses of presidential power symbolized by the Watergate scandal and to his own decision to record the details of his presidency on tape, Nixon seems destined to remain an object of fascination, amazement, scorn, and disgust for as long as historians pay attention to the American presidency. When the subject matter is their foreign policy, Nixon’s sidekick, Henry A. Kissinger, will be right there beside him.
The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington
by Gregg Herken
Here is an example of how things once worked in Washington. On July 30, 1958, Joseph Alsop, a leading pundit of the day whose column appeared in The Washington Post and the New York Herald Tribune, published an alarming commentary on the missile “gap” he said was about to open …
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
by Rick Perlstein
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
by John W. Dean
“We are living under the reign of government gone amuck,” the keynote speaker proclaimed: At every station in this society…government is feared and distrusted…. It is the Democrat Party…which has built the federal bureaucracy ever larger and larger and directed the agents of that bureaucracy to penetrate ever deeper and …
“The other day,” Reagan confessed at an informal news conference, “I had in my possession a kind of scholarly-type magazine—I can’t give you the name of it,…one of those where there are a whole series of essays in the magazine on various national and international topics….” Our presidents are rarely …