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As the New Yorker s political essayist the column Comment , Hertzberg is known to many as the most stylish liberal writer in America and far be it from me to argue As this anthology spanning four decades shows, his work is usually the most concise and well, correct, take on the controversies of the day be they real Watergate 9 11 or manufactured ones flag burning, Terry Schiavo His columns display an easy grace and his logic has the feel of inevitability to it though a glance at the turgid spew that passes for conventional wisdom proves that such clarity is anything but guaranteed An essential anthology of a master of the genre Highest recommendation. Caveat this author certainly writes from a left leaning perspective That being said I believe the writing crisp, informative and not preachy of course it helps that I often agree with his perspectives This is basically a collection of his pieces from the New Yorker and other publications that deal with many of the main themes of the day over the last 40 years from Vietnam to The War on Terror, Drugs, Middle Class etc Its also nice, because you can pick it up in various parts and not feel you are missing the flow 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 excellent 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 everything is going to stand out and some of the political reporting is dated but even within these there are insights 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 clear.I 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 what it might take to begin to change either 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. Hertzberg is one of the most knowledgable, witty, and eloquent political writers of today however Politics would have benefited from some curation The book contains some excellent writing Hertzberg s best pieces are his history of the newspaper industry and arguments for proportional representation and even the worst pieces are eminently readable however, little would be lost by cutting its length by a a third. Hertzberg is a very fine writer. No better thinker or write about American politics. (DOWNLOAD) ´ Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004 è 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 Spirits, And Perfect Rhetorical Pitch Arranged Thematically, Each 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 Hand A Tour Of The Defining Moments Of American Life From The Mid S To The Mid S, Politics Is At Once The Story Of American Life From LBJ To GWB And A Testament To The Power Of The Written Word 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 favorites.