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Tear down this myth : how the Reagan legacy has distorted our politics and haunts our future

Bunch, William. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 141659762X
  • ISBN: 9781416597629
  • Physical Description: p. ; cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2009.

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Summary, etc.: Bunch rolls back some of the worst distortions concerning the Reagan myth--that Reagan was one of the most popular modern presidents; that his tax cut caused the bull market of the 1980s; and that he won the Cold War--and examines the Gipper's conservatist legacy as it continues to impact America's political and economic situation.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2008 December #2
    "*Starred Review* The Ronald Reagan who won the cold war, cut taxes, shrank the government, saved the economy, and was the most beloved president since FDR is a myth, Bunch says. The cold war fizzled out primarily because of Soviet economic collapse. Reagan cut taxes just once, in 1991, and thereafter raised them yearly. He vastly expanded the government and burdened the economy with enormous deficits. Moreover, his approval ratings were just average, reflecting his divisiveness as a political figure. Bunch also shows that however tough-talking, Reagan was a negotiator who achieved nuclear arms reductions by talking with Soviet leader Gorbachev and got into the Iran-Contra mess because he wouldn t send combat troops abroad. In practice, especially of foreign policy, he was a pragmatist, not an ideologue. The truculent jingoist of the myth was concocted after Alzheimer s silenced the man and the would-be juggernaut launched by the GOP s 1994 election triumph crashed and burned before a Democratic president who shrank government and the deficit, balanced the budget, and even racked up surpluses. Bunch names the leading, venal mythmakers and shames the myth exploiters, too. Anyone interested in America s immediate future should read this book." Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Reagan, Ronald Influence
Symbolism in politics United States
Conservatism United States
United States Politics and government 1989-
United States Politics and government 1981-1989
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