The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989

Steven F. Hayward

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The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989

The Age of Reagan The Conservative Counterrevolution Those who say that we re in a time when there are no heroes they just don t know where to look President Ronald Reagan January Hero It was a word most Americans weren t using much in As

  • Title: The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989
  • Author: Steven F. Hayward
  • ISBN: 9781400053575
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Those who say that we re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don t know where to look President Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981Hero It was a word most Americans weren t using much in 1980 As they waited on gas and unemployment lines, as their enemies abroad grew ever aggressive, and as one after another their leaders failed them, Americans began to bel Those who say that we re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don t know where to look President Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981Hero It was a word most Americans weren t using much in 1980 As they waited on gas and unemployment lines, as their enemies abroad grew ever aggressive, and as one after another their leaders failed them, Americans began to believe the country s greatness was fading.Yet within two years the recession and gas shortage were over Before the decade was out, the Cold War was won, the Berlin Wall came crashing down, and America was once at the height of prosperity And the nation had a new hero Ronald Wilson Reagan.Reagan s greatness is today widely acknowledged, but his legacy is still misunderstood Democrats accept the effectiveness of his foreign policy but ignore the success of his domestic programs Republicans cheer his victories over liberalism while ignoring his bitter battles with his own party s establishment historians speak of his eloquence and charisma but gloss over his brilliance in policy and clarity of vision From Steven F Hayward, the critically acclaimed author of The Age of Reagan The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, comes the first complete, true story of this misunderstood, controversial, and deeply consequential presidency Hayward pierces the myths and media narratives, masterfully documenting exactly what transpired behind the scenes during Reagan s landmark presidency and revealing his real legacy What emerges is a compelling portrait of a man who arrived in office after thirty years of practical schooling in the ways of politics and power, possessing a clear vision of where he wanted to take the nation and a willingness to take firm charge of his own administration His relentless drive to shrink government and lift the burdens of high taxation was born of a deep appreciation for the grander blessings of liberty And it was this same outlook, extended to the world s politically and economically enslaved nations, that shaped his foreign policy and lent his statecraft its great unifying power.Over a decade in the making, and filled with fresh revelations, surprising insights, and an unerring eye for the telling detail, this provocative and authoritative book recalls a time when true leadership inspired a fallen nation to pick itself up, hold its head high, and take up the cause of freedom once again.

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    1. Jonah Kunisch on said:

      Most biased book I've ever read. Sad, considering the author passes it off as "history".

    2. Jason on said:

      This is the sequel to Hayward's book covering the years 1964-1980. It is, like the first book, excellent political history and a fun read. It picks up following Reagan's 1980 election and concludes with the 1988 presidential election, with an epilogue on the fall of eastern European communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Hayward writes from a conservative viewpoint, which leads him to be both laudatory and critical of Reagan and his administration depending on the context. Hayward draws [...]

    3. Joe Keene on said:

      This book is a good read on Reagan's presidency. The author really portrays Reagan in a positive light and I too now see Reagan as more moderate than present day conservatives try to paint him. My one complaint is that the book seems to focus heavily to Reagan's foreign policy, which is to be expected with the Cold War and all, but I feel that there could have been more discussion on his domestic agenda. In all, a required read for anyone wanting to understand Reagan and the politics of America [...]

    4. Chad Lamb on said:

      Great conservative-leaning analysis of Reagan's presidency. I wish Hayward would have stuck to a narrative throughout, but sometimes he drops the ball, for instance, cutting off Reagan's final address and departure from the White House. I loved the discussion on Oliver North's testimony during the Iran-Contra hearings. Honest criticisms on Reagan's achievements and failings, despite the clear bias toward the Great Communicator. Recommended.

    5. Elizabeth on said:

      Our house is in a new political/current events book club, and Noah picked this one as the first book. Sheesh. Noah chose it so that he can better understand the enemy. It is super long as a book club book, and I need to go ahead and get my own copy because reading along behind him is not going to work. The author is a Reagan fan.But its pretty readable.

    6. Bill Peacock on said:

      After having already finished Hayward's first book on Reagan (his pre-presidential years in politics), this second volume confirms that Hayward is so far the best biographer of Ronald Reagan. If you want to understand Reagan and his brand of conservatism--which along with William F. Buckley, Jr.'s were the cornerstones of of modern conservatism, you need to read these two books by Hayward.

    7. David R. on said:

      A massive study (and the companion of a work covering the 1960s and 1970s) with noteworthy attention to the primary foreign policy arenas (Russia, Central America.) The work is arranged chronologically which sometimes gets in the way of the themes laid down by Hayward. Not as insightful about the president's thinking and character, but useful as a reference to the administration.

    8. Joel Manuel on said:

      An excellent overview of Reagan's two terms in office. It has 650 pages of text, but flows rather quickly due to Hayward's writing style. It is admittedly pro-Republican in stance, but Hayward doesn't shy away from exposing Reagan's faults and failures.

    9. Jeff Hall on said:

      This is a great book and I would highly recommend to everyone. The author is both critical and complimentary of Reagan and provides many interesting antidotes involving prominent figures of the decade to paint the entire canvas of the decade. Great read and I will pick up more from this author

    10. Michael on said:

      Really good chronicle of the Reagan Administration, I would think it would stand as the definitive treatment of the Reagan presidency for some time, at least from the conservative perspective.

    11. Joseph Serwach on said:

      Comprehensive and all encompassing look at 1980-1989, a worthy successor to Part 1, which looked at 1964-1980. Probably the definitive books on Reagan.

    12. Heather Vinson on said:

      A whopper of a 650 page propaganda machine for the Reagan years. Hayward goes into immense detail to recall what everyone in the room was saying, except for the opposition.

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