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The America that Reagan built /
J. David Woodard.
imprint
Westport, CT : Praeger Publishers, 2006.
description
xii, 282 p.
ISBN
0275986098 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, CT : Praeger Publishers, 2006.
isbn
0275986098 (alk. paper)
contents note
Malaise -- 1980 election -- I, Ronald Wilson Reagan -- A rising tide -- Morning in America: the second term -- A thousand points of light -- From a distance -- Don't stop thinking about tomorrow -- The postmodern nineties -- Triangulation -- 9/11 -- Misunderestimated.
catalogue key
5920398
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-01-01:
Woodard (Clemson Univ.) has coauthored previous books on American conservatism, including The Conservative Tradition in America (CH, Feb'97, 34-3547). This volume appears to be a useful survey of recent American political and social history that has a misleading title. The book offers a fairly straightforward, readable account of the major issues and trends in US politics and society since the latter days of the Carter administration. In so doing, it hits the significant points in contemporary affairs in a dispassionate, effective, and evenhanded way. For this it should be commended. The title, however, seems inappropriate. Even if it were fully possible to link Reagan's ideas, attitudes, and values to the circumstances and changes that Reagan's supporters and detractors suggest shaped the post-Reagan political environment, in Woodard's book Reagan is central only to the chapters that cover his presidency. The notion that Reagan "built" today's America seems more a marketing gimmick than a proved contention. Useful as a survey, not as an argument. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates through practitioners. A. L. Crothers Illinois State University
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"This remarkable book is aptly titled. Author J. David Woodard argues that, beginning with the election of 1980, Ronadl Reagan united the nation's conservative elements into a powerful coalition, inspired dramatic party realignments, and altered the nature of American politics for the next twenty-five years." - The Historian
'With so many of us born after 1980 and many more of us losing our memory of that hinge year, Woodard recalls how politics used to be and how it evolved, right up to the second administration of George W. Bush. He takes the temperature of the electorate and the great consuming public, exploring how economics, art, literature, science, society, fads and customs became part of American life and even became interwoven into its future. He considers the enigmas and the certainties of the Reagan years, the thousand points of light of George H.W. Bush, the varying degrees of separation between the Clinton administration and disaster, the postmodern nineties, and the effects of 9/ll on what seemed to be merely evolutionary. The photographs scattered through the text are particularly telling.'-Reference & Research Book News
"Readable and analytical, ^IThe America That Reagan Built^R its billing as a clear and concise account of 'the political history of the United States from the 1980s to the second administration of George W. Bush.' It is a 'must read' for all students of American politics. Indeed, students whose professors do not assign this book should feel short-changed."
"Readable and analytical, The America That Reagan Built its billing as a clear and concise account of 'the political history of the United States from the 1980s to the second administration of George W. Bush.' It is a 'must read' for all students of American politics. Indeed, students whose professors do not assign this book should feel short-changed." - Charles W. Dunn Dean, Regent University
"This book is political science at its best. David Woodard writes with a style that is part spellbinding storyteller and part incisive political analyst. He looks back on the key events that shaped the American experience of the past 25 years through a lens that is not narrowly focused but rather includes culture, values, economies, politics, and international affairs. The result is an important book that helps us understand where we are today."
"This book is political science at its best. David Woodard writes with a style that is part spellbinding storyteller and part incisive political analyst. He looks back on the key events that shaped the American experience of the past 25 years through a lens that is not narrowly focused but rather includes culture, values, economies, politics, and international affairs. The result is an important book that helps us understand where we are today." - Roger Ream President, The Fund for American Studies
"Each generation of students, we are told, suffers from a historical blind spot covering the decades surrounding their birth. This deficiency in current college students' understanding of recent political history finds its ready cure in this topical, highly readable account of recent American political history. Like Alexis de Tocqueville, David Woodard understands that a nation's politics and political institutions rest on the foundation of political culture. The America That Reagan Built explores the roots of our political culture, telling the story of a rolling Republican realignment culminating in today's tenuous majority. Woodard offers a critical insight into the current polarization of American politics with its bitter partisanship, "politics by other means," and politics of personal destruction. The book is the perfect supplement for courses filled with entering first year students." - William F. Connelly Jr. John K. Boardman Politics Professor Washington and Lee University
"Each generation of students, we are told, suffers from a historical blind spot covering the decades surrounding their birth. This deficiency in current college students' understanding of recent political history finds its ready cure in this topical, highly readable account of recent American political history. Like Alexis de Tocqueville, David Woodard understands that a nation's politics and political institutions rest on the foundation of political culture. The America That Reagan Built explores the roots of our political culture, telling the story of a rolling Republican realignment culminating in today's tenuous majority. Woodard offers a critical insight into the current polarization of American politics with its bitter partisanship, politics by other means, and politics of personal destruction. The book is the perfect supplement for courses filled with entering first year students."
"Conservatives are leading the charge, liberals are in retreat, and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan was the defining moment in transforming the trajectory of our political life. That is the grand thesis of this enjoyable travelogue through contemporary American politics. And what punctuates the political road-map are culture wars, here and abroad, and those enduring values that define the essence of being an American. The historical narrative virtually transports the reader back in time to experience first-hand those vital developments that had lasting political impact, beginning with Jimmy Carter's failed rescue of Americans taken hostage by Iranian militants and culminating with 9/11/01 and George W. Bush's War on Terrorism. Anybody interested in American politics, particularly those for whom the 1970s are a fading memory, will immensely enjoy ^The America That Reagan Built.^R Woodard's lively writing style and richly detailed anecdotes are absolutely engaging."
"Conservatives are leading the charge, liberals are in retreat, and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan was the defining moment in transforming the trajectory of our political life. That is the grand thesis of this enjoyable travelogue through contemporary American politics. And what punctuates the political road-map are culture wars, here and abroad, and those enduring values that define the essence of being an American. The historical narrative virtually transports the reader back in time to experience first-hand those vital developments that had lasting political impact, beginning with Jimmy Carter's failed rescue of Americans taken hostage by Iranian militants and culminating with 9/11/01 and George W. Bush's War on Terrorism. Anybody interested in American politics, particularly those for whom the 1970s are a fading memory, will immensely enjoy he America That Reagan Built. Woodard's lively writing style and richly detailed anecdotes are absolutely engaging." - Raymond Tatalovich, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science Loyola University Chicago
"With so many of us born after 1980 and many more of us losing our memory of that hinge year, Woodard recalls how politics used to be and how it evolved, right up to the second administration of George W. Bush. He takes the temperature of the electorate and the great consuming public, exploring how economics, art, literature, science, society, fads and customs became part of American life and even became interwoven into its future. He considers the enigmas and the certainties of the Reagan years, the thousand points of light of George H.W. Bush, the varying degrees of separation between the Clinton administration and disaster, the postmodern nineties, and the effects of 9/ll on what seemed to be merely evolutionary. The photographs scattered through the text are particularly telling." - Reference & Research Book News
'œThe book offers a fairly straightforward, readable account of the major issues and trends in US politics and society since the latter days of the Carter administration. In so doing, it hits the significant points in contemporary affairs in a dispassionate, effective, and evenhanded way. For this it should be commended....Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates through practitioners.'' Choice
"The book offers a fairly straightforward, readable account of the major issues and trends in US politics and society since the latter days of the Carter administration. In so doing, it hits the significant points in contemporary affairs in a dispassionate, effective, and evenhanded way. For this it should be commended....Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates through practitioners."- Choice
'The book offers a fairly straightforward, readable account of the major issues and trends in US politics and society since the latter days of the Carter administration. In so doing, it hits the significant points in contemporary affairs in a dispassionate, effective, and evenhanded way. For this it should be commended....Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates through practitioners.'-Choice
"The book offers a fairly straightforward, readable account of the major issues and trends in US politics and society since the latter days of the Carter administration. In so doing, it hits the significant points in contemporary affairs in a dispassionate, effective, and evenhanded way. For this it should be commended....Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates through practitioners."-Choice
"The book offers a fairly straightforward, readable account of the major issues and trends in US politics and society since the latter days of the Carter administration. In so doing, it hits the significant points in contemporary affairs in a dispassionate, effective, and evenhanded way. For this it should be commended....Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates through practitioners." - Choice
"The impressively coherent narrative encompasses everything from elections and policy debates to trials of the century, hairstyles, and top television shows."- Political Science Quarterly
'The impressively coherent narrative encompasses everything from elections and policy debates to trials of the century, hairstyles, and top television shows.'-Political Science Quarterly
"The impressively coherent narrative encompasses everything from elections and policy debates to trials of the century, hairstyles, and top television shows." - Political Science Quarterly
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This is a whistle-stop survey of American politics from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, with visits to poll results, biennial elections, political crises, and policy questions of the past twenty-five years. It touches on numerous aspects of American political life as well as economics, art, literature, science, society, fads, and customs that changed with the culture of the country. The story is told in terms of the presidents who shaped and led the nation, the elections that brought and kept them in power, and the dozens of people who collectively played a part in helping mold the national experience from 1980 to 2005.
Table of Contents
Malaisep. 1
1980 electionp. 17
I, Ronald Wilson Reaganp. 33
A rising tidep. 63
Morning in America : the second termp. 79
A thousand points of lightp. 103
From a distancep. 123
Don't stop thinking about tomorrowp. 141
The postmodern ninetiesp. 161
Triangulationp. 183
9/11p. 203
Misunderestimatedp. 225
Epilogue : epochsp. 247
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