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- ISBN: 0385536399 (hardback)
- ISBN: 9780385536394 (hardback)
- Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2015.
|Formatted Contents Note:||Prairie Idyll: 1911-1934 -- The Golden West: 1935-1962 -- A Time for Choosing: 1962-1980 -- Heroic Dreams: 1980-1983 -- A Worthy Adversary: 1984-1986 -- The Frosty Iceland Air: 1986-1988 -- A Ranch in the Sky: 1989-2004.|
|Summary, etc.:||"Ronald Reagan today is a conservative icon, celebrated for transforming the American domestic agenda and playing a crucial part in ending communism in the Soviet Union. In his masterful new biography, H. W. Brands argues that Reagan, along with FDR, was the most consequential president of the twentieth century. Reagan took office at a time when the public sector, after a half century of New Deal liberalism, was widely perceived as bloated and inefficient, an impediment to personal liberty. Reagan sought to restore democracy by bolstering capitalism. In Brands's telling, how Reagan, who voted four times for FDR, engineered a conservative transformation of American politics is both a riveting personal journey and the story of America in the modern era. Brands follows Reagan as his ambition for ever larger stages compelled him from a troubled childhood in small-town Illinois to become a radio announcer and then the quintessential public figure of modern America, a movie star. In Hollywood, Reagan edged closer to public service as the president of the Screen Actors' Guild, before a stalled film career led to his unlikely reinvention as the voice of General Electric and a spokesman for corporate America. Reagan follows its subject on his improbable political rise, from the 1960s, when he was first elected governor of California, to his triumphant election in 1980 as president of the United States. Brands employs archival sources not available to previous biographers and dozens of interviews with surviving members of the administration. The result is an exciting narrative and a fresh understanding of a crucially important president and his era"--|
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 March #2
A has-been actor turned GE spokesman, Reagan was tapped by Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign to introduce him during a campaign event. That was Reagan's big break into politics. Three years later, he was elected governor of California. His charm and affability put a friendlier face on conservatism, and his knack for storytelling helped him reduce complex political issues into understandable emotions. Brands recounts Reagan's career in Hollywood, his metamorphosis from liberal to conservative, and his long journey to the presidency. Drawing on interviews with Reagan colleagues, Brands examines Reagan's relationships with alleged handlers, from Nancy Reagan to powerful administration figures Alexander Haig, Ed Meese, and Jim Baker. Like any president, Reagan had his triumphs and stumbles, including the Iran-Contra scandal, but is likely best remembered for his relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his powerful demand to tear down the Berlin Wall. Brand compares Reagan to Roosevelt for his impact on his party's ideals and on American politics. This is a detailed look at a president who sparked much controversy and affection and it belongs in most collections of presidential biography. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
H. W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class.
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