Reaganland Reaganland

Reaganland

America's Right Turn 1976-1980

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Publisher Description

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020

From the bestselling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge comes the dramatic conclusion of how conservatism took control of American political power.

Over two decades, Rick Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in modern American politics. With the saga’s final installment, he has delivered yet another stunning literary and historical achievement.

In late 1976, Ronald Reagan was dismissed as a man without a political future: defeated in his nomination bid against a sitting president of his own party, blamed for President Gerald Ford’s defeat, too old to make another run. His comeback was fueled by an extraordinary confluence: fundamentalist preachers and former segregationists reinventing themselves as militant crusaders against gay rights and feminism; business executives uniting against regulation in an era of economic decline; a cadre of secretive “New Right” organizers deploying state-of-the-art technology, bending political norms to the breaking point—and Reagan’s own unbending optimism, his ability to convey unshakable confidence in America as the world’s “shining city on a hill.”

Meanwhile, a civil war broke out in the Democratic party. When President Jimmy Carter called Americans to a new ethic of austerity, Senator Ted Kennedy reacted with horror, challenging him for reelection. Carter’s Oval Office tenure was further imperiled by the Iranian hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, near-catastrophe at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant, aviation accidents, serial killers on the loose, and endless gas lines.

Backed by a reenergized conservative Republican base, Reagan ran on the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”—and prevailed. Reaganland is the story of how that happened, tracing conservatives’ cutthroat strategies to gain power and explaining why they endure four decades later.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2020
August 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
1,120
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
50.2
MB

Customer Reviews

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Reaganland

This is the first book review I’ve ever submitted but felt compelled to do so. This book is one of the most biased, liberal-worshiping books I’ve ever read. Conservatives are consistently portrayed as hypocritical, corrupt, racists while Jimmy Carter’s failures as President are glossed over if not completely ignored. For example, the Iranian hostage crisis receives very little attention in 1000 pages, but the Christian Right is attacked chapter by chapter. Additionally, President Reagan is portrayed as a buffoon who can barely string two sentences together. As an avid reader I expect the author’s bias to be evident but I also expect a fair telling of the facts. This book succeeds at displaying bias but fails miserably in a fair telling of the facts.

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Failure

I have read all three previous books by the author on conservatism, this is the most hollow. It appears to me the author collected and clipped a bunch of newspapers from 1976-1980 and just reproduced its content, this was not a rendering of history but a collation of newspaper dailies. Disappointed over 300 pages of pure garbage if I wanted to read the news our buy one. Do better

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