The age of Reagan: a history, 1974-2008

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One of the nation's leading historians offers a groundbreaking and provocativechronicle of America's political history since the fall of Nixon.

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 has dominated American politics and government. In The Age of Reagan, Sean Wilentz accounts for how a conservative movement once deemed marginal managed to seize power and hold it, and the momentous consequences that followed.

Ronald Reagan has been the single most important political figure of this age. Without Reagan, the conservative movement would have never been as successful as it was. 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 a bit of the spirit of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and John F. Kennedy's New Frontier. In American political history there have been a few leading figures 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 D. Roosevelt—and Ronald Reagan. A conservative hero in a conservative age, Reagan has been so admired by a minority of historians and so disliked by the others that it has been difficult to evaluate his administration with detachment. Drawing on numerous primary documents that have been neglected or only recently released to the public, as well as on emerging historical work, Wilentz offers invaluable revelations about conservatism's ascendancy and the era in which Reagan was the preeminent political figure.

Vivid, authoritative, and illuminating from start to finish, The Age of Reagan raises profound questions and opens passionate debate about our nation's recent past.

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subject_facet Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 21st century, Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Political culture -- United States -- History -- 21st century, United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989, United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-
table_of_contents Introduction -- Prologue: July 4, 1976 -- Memories of the Ford administration -- Détente and its discontents -- Jimmy Carter and the agonies of anti-politics -- Human rights and democratic collapse -- New morning -- Confronting the Evil Empire -- "Call it mysticism if you will" -- "We have an undercover thing" : the Iran-Contra Affair -- "Another time, another era" -- Reaganism and realism -- The politics of Clintonism -- Clinton's comeback -- Animosities and interest : the impeachment of Clinton -- Irreparable harm : the election of 2000 -- Epilogue: October 13, 2001.
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