Books by Kevin Mattson

Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"In that sense—and given the talk of 'real' American-ness that persists today—Mattson's excellent book is a timely companion to the current election season. The question is: Who's playing Nixon?"
A cocker spaniel and a plain cloth coat become emblems of the paranoid-style right-wing politics of the 1950s, courtesy of one Richard Milhous Nixon. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2012

"Thorough and thoughtful, but with dense scholarly foliage that needs pruning."
A liberal columnist and a professor examine the zigzag route of liberal politics since the New Deal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"A galloping history full of interesting characters and significant moments."
Mattson (Contemporary History/Ohio Univ.; Rebels All!: A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America, 2008, etc.) presents a bright snapshot of a nation in flux. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A slight work about a bygone era, but with lessons to offer for our own time."
Time was, in the antediluvian years before Reagan, that "liberal" was a handle a fighting man could cop to. Its devaluation into the much-maligned "L word," writes the author, owes as much to left as right. Read full book review >