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Review: 'The Invisible Bridge' by Rick Perlstein

Review: 'The Invisible Bridge' by Rick Perlstein

It's a cliché. The college professor asks for a show of hands. How many of you know about the Vietnam war? Nobody. Watergate? A sprinkling. (Maybe they saw the movie with Robert Redford on Netflix.) The kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst and that whole business with the Symbionese Liberation Army. Huh? So for those who didn't live through the '70s, or have forgotten most of what they did live through, Rick Perlstein's "The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan" is where to go to catch up. In this brick of a book, Chicagoan Perlstein has done a jampacked job of chronicling a riveting, portentous period of American history that in...