Rick Perlstein is the author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus
, winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
(2008), and now The Invisible Bridge The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by over a dozen publications. I first interviewed Rick shortly after Nixonland came out and we had an enjoyable conversation centering just how Nixon rose to such political power and kept in touch with the changing mood of America enough to know how to manipulate it to achieve both his personal and his policy goals.