Ronald Reagan

Jacob Weisberg

Book - 2016

"In the second half of the twentieth century, no American president defined his political era as did Ronald Reagan. He ushered in an age that extolled smaller government, tax cuts, and strong defense, and to this day politicians of both political parties operate within the parameters of the world he made. His eight years in office from 1981 to 1989 were a time of economic crisis and recovery, a new American assertiveness abroad, and an engagement with the Soviet Union that began in conflict... but moved in surprising new directions. Jacob Weisberg provides a bracing portrait of America's fortieth president and the ideas that animated his political career, offering a fresh psychological interpretation and showing that there was more to Reagan than the usual stereotypes. Reagan, he observes, was a staunch conservative but was also unafraid to compromise and cut deals where necessary. And Reagan espoused a firm belief, just as firm as his belief in small government and strong defense, that nuclear weapons were immoral and ought to be eliminated. Weisberg argues that these facets of Reagan were too often ignored in his time but reveal why his presidency turned out to be so consequential. In the years since Reagan left office, he has been cast in marble by the Republican Party and dismissed by the Democrats. Weisberg shows why we need to move past these responses if we wish truly to appreciate his accomplishments and his legacy."--From book jacket.

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Series
American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Subjects
Published
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Times Books."
Physical Description
xviii, 185 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780805097276
0805097279
Main Author
Jacob Weisberg (author)
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  • Fact and fancy
  • Sign before they change their minds
  • The only voice for real liberals
  • Living better electrically
  • I've never played a governor
  • You can call it mysticism
  • I paid for that microphone
  • The present crisis
  • I think I made a friend
  • The ash-heap of history
  • They keep dying on me
  • Morning again in America
  • Why wait until the year 2000?
  • The facts tell me
  • Tear down this wall
  • Conclusion: that's how I saw it.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A fresh psychological interpretation of Reagan's life reveals how the conservative icon reshaped American politics and laid the groundwork for the end of the Cold War.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Offering a fresh psychological interpretation that breaks through the usual stereotypes, a new biography of America's 40th president, a conservative icon who reshaped American politics and laid the groundwork for the end of the Cold War, concentrates on the facets of Reagan that made his presidency so consequential.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The conservative icon who reshaped American politics and laid the groundwork for the end of the Cold WarIn the second half of the twentieth century, no American president defined his political era as did Ronald Reagan. He ushered in an age that extolled smaller government, tax cuts, and strong defense, and to this day politicians of both political parties operate within the parameters of the world he made. His eight years in office from 1981 to 1989 were a time of economic crisis and recovery, a new American assertiveness abroad, and an engagement with the Soviet Union that began in conflict but moved in surprising new directions. Jacob Weisberg provides a bracing portrait of America's fortieth president and the ideas that animated his political career, offering a fresh psychological interpretation and showing that there was more to Reagan than the usual stereotypes. Reagan, he observes, was a staunch conservative but was also unafraid to compromise and cut deals where necessary. And Reagan espoused a firm belief, just as firm as his belief in small government and strong defense, that nuclear weapons were immoral and ought to be eliminated. Weisberg argues that these facets of Reagan were too often ignored in his time but reveal why his presidency turned out to be so consequential. In the years since Reagan left office, he has been cast in marble by the Republican Party and dismissed by the Democrats. Weisberg shows why we need to move past these responses if we wish truly to appreciate his accomplishments and his legacy.