The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008

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The past thirty-five years have marked an era of conservatism. Although briefly interrupted in the late 1970s and temporarily reversed in the 1990s, a powerful surge from the right dominated American politics and government from 1974 to 2008. In The Age of Reagan, Sean Wilentz, one of our nation's leading historians, accounts for how a conservative movement once deemed marginal managed to seize power and hold it, and describes the momentous consequences that followed.

Vivid, authoritative, and illuminating from start to finish, The Age of Reagan is a groundbreaking chronicle of America's political history since the fall of Nixon.

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A conservative hero in a conservative age, Ronald Reagan is either so admired by a minority of historians or so disliked by the others than it has seemed as if he and his administration have been difficult to evaluate with detachment. This book aims to raise profound questions and opens debate about the past in US politics.

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In his political persona, as well as his policies, Reagan embodied a new fusion of deeply right-leaning politics with some of the rhetoric and even the spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal and of John F. Kennedy's New Frontier. In American political history, there have been a few figures, most of them presidents, who for better or worse have placed their political stamp indelibly on their times. They include Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt - and Ronald Reagan. A conservative hero in a conservative age, Reagan is either so admired by a minority of historians or so disliked by the others than it has seemed as if he and his administration have been difficult to evaluate with detachment. "The Age of Reagan" raises profound questions and opens passionate debate about the recent past in US politics.

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