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Getting into the game : the pre-presidential rhetoric of Ronald Reagan /
Mary E. Stuckey.
imprint
New York : Praeger, 1989.
description
viii, 216 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
027593232X (alk. paper) :
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imprint
New York : Praeger, 1989.
isbn
027593232X (alk. paper) :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
213246
 
Bibliography: p. [205]-213.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-11:
This book contains useful information about Ronald Reagan as a rhetor but suffers from inadequate analytic context and substantive depth. Stuckey analyzes Reagan's pre-presidential speeches in a series of chapters, each organized to present a brief factual background of the period, the contours of his rhetorical style, and an analysis of a representative speech. The work fails to examine adequately the broader political environment in which Reagan operated or his personal abilities as a spokesperson, both of which are essential to assessing his rhetorical success. Only in the conclusion does the author ruminate briefly about such matters, bemoaning the flight of substance from political rhetoric. The actual text numbers a mere 81 pages; the book does include a useful appendix on rhetorical analysis. Appropriate only for undergraduate libraries with exhaustive collections in American politics. -S. E. Schier, Carleton College
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'œ. . .This study is a concise, well written analysis of Reagan's early public discourse. One finds a good blend of research invesitgation and interpretation that yields insight into the evolving nature of political rhetoric. The book is not only an important addition to the literature on the rhetorical creation and success of 'the great communicator' but also on the evolving nature of contemporary political discourse. Thus, those in the field of communication will find impressive the systematic analyses of Reagan's rhetoric and how it constructs his view of self and reality. Political scientists will appreciate the insights gained in how one 'gets into the game' of presidential politics and succeeds in today's mediated environment. Fans of the presidency will enjoy the questions raised about the state of the polity and the institution of the American presidency.'' Presidential Studies Quarterly
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Why did Ronald Reagan have such a strong impact on the political scene when he first ran for the presidency? Politics as practiced by Reagan is examined through analysis of Reagan's rhetoric from his days as the governor of California to his campaign for the presidency in 1980. The author contends that Reagan's approach is a new phenomenon and will outlast his presidency by impacting the way future candidates run for office. Candidates in the past used symbols of our national identity to achieve and articulate substantive, policy-oriented goals. Modern political rhetoric is seen as increasingly personalistic and individually oriented. When rhetoric becomes dissociated from the policies and programs of national government, there is a danger that the symbols, devoid of substance, become meaningless. The author suggests that Reagan's rhetoric has accelerated the movement towards more style with less substance. This incisive book defines Reagan's impact, examines the conditions which enabled him to create such an impression on contemporary politics, and discusses the implications of his pre-presidential rhetoric and campaign style. Students and scholars of political science and communications, will find Getting Into The Game a thought provoking study. Getting Into The Game begins with an analysis of the role played by rhetoric in our national politics and American political culture from 1960 to 1980. Further chapters provide detailed analysis of Reagan's rhetoric during his term as governor and his bid for the presidency. Reagan's communication is put into the context of the political culture and personal aspects of his rhetoric. A summary of the major arguments and themes of Reagan's presidency and the far reaching significance of his pre-presidential campaign rhetoric complete the study.
Unpaid Annotation
Politics as practiced by Reagan is examined through analysis of Reagan's rhetoric from his days as the governor of California to his campaign for the presidency in 1980. Stuckey contends that Reagan's approach is a new phenomenon and will outlast his presidency by impacting the way future candidates run for office. She suggests that Reagan's rhetoric has accelerated the movement towards more style with less substance. This incisive book defines Reagan's impact, examines the conditions that enabled him to create such an impression on contemporary politics, and discusses the implications of his pre-presidential rhetoric and campaign style.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan, 1960-1967
The Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan, 1968-1974
The Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan, 1975-1980
The Pre-Presidential Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan
Methods of Rhetorical Analysis
Text of Speeches Used in Analysis
The Extant Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan
Bibliography
Index
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