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The enduring Reagan /
edited by Charles W. Dunn.
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Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2009.
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178 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0813125529 (acid-free paper), 9780813125527 (acid-free paper)
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Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2009.
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0813125529 (acid-free paper)
9780813125527 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
6919209
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The Enduring ReaganEdited by Charles W. Dunn An unlikely presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan forged his way into the political arena without family wealth or a prominent name. Reagan built his success in true American fashion -- from the ground up. Using the persuasive abilities he had perfected as an actor, the small-town boy from Illinois suavely won over California Republicans, securing the state's governorship and eventually the nation's presidency. Despite his humble beginnings, Reagan proved a serious political force, influencing political ideals not only during his term but even into the twenty-first century. In The Enduring Reagan, editor Charles W. Dunn unites eight prominent scholars to examine the political career and legacy of Ronald Reagan, offering a bold reassessment of his impact on the United States and the world. In his introduction, Dunn explores the ironies involved in Reagan's success, discussing how his background, his political decisions, and his critics' low expectations all counterintuitively contributed to his lasting reputation as a great president. Contributors study Reagan's influence in a variety of areas, including party politics, economic policy, national security, modern conservatism, liberal agendas, and the administrations of other presidents. Looking at Reagan as a person, politician, president, and conservative ideal, The Enduring Reagan examines how an unlikely candidate became president and how his actions in office continue to impact not only his own image in the American memory but also the ideas of subsequent politicians, conservative and liberal alike. Delving into the complex and lasting influence of an iconic figure in American politics, this volume expands the understanding of modern politics and of the man against whom all conservative politicians are measured. Charles W. Dunn, dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, is the author or editor of sixteen books, including The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership, The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era, and The Future of Religion in American Politics.
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The Enduring ReaganEdited by Charles W. DunnAn unlikely presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan forged his way into the political arena without family wealth or a prominent name. Reagan built his success in true American fashion -- from the ground up. Using the persuasive abilities he had perfected as an actor, the small-town boy from Illinois suavely won over California Republicans, securing the state's governorship and eventually the nation's presidency. Despite his humble beginnings, Reagan proved a serious political force, influencing political ideals not only during his term but even into the twenty-first century.In The Enduring Reagan, editor Charles W. Dunn unites eight prominent scholars to examine the political career and legacy of Ronald Reagan, offering a bold reassessment of his impact on the United States and the world. In his introduction, Dunn explores the ironies involved in Reagan's success, discussing how his background, his political decisions, and his critics' low expectations all counterintuitively contributed to his lasting reputation as a great president. Contributors study Reagan's influence in a variety of areas, including party politics, economic policy, national security, modern conservatism, liberal agendas, and the administrations of other presidents.Looking at Reagan as a person, politician, president, and conservative ideal, The Enduring Reagan examines how an unlikely candidate became president and how his actions in office continue to impact not only his own image in the American memory but also the ideas of subsequent politicians, conservative and liberal alike. Delving into the complex and lasting influence of an iconic figure in American politics, this volume expands the understanding of modern politics and of the man against whom all conservative politicians are measured.Charles W. Dunn, dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, is the author or editor of sixteen books, including The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership, The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era, and The Future of Religion in American Politics.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-08-01:
What is enduring about Reagan? That's the overarching question addressed in this collection of essays, edited by Dunn (dean, Robertson Sch. of Government, Regent Univ.; The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership) and eight other scholars, including Hayward (The Age of Reagan, below) and Knott (At Reagan's Side, above). Unfortunately, the essays are uneven and overlapping, and Dunn makes no attempt to frame them in any way. Since every book about Reagan is in some way an assessment of his legacy, a book that aims explicitly to be just that needs to be outstanding, and Dunn falls far short. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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""Hands down the finest compilation on Ronald Reagan that exists." --Robert G. Kaufman, author of In Defense of the Bush Doctrine" --
"Hands down the finest compilation on Ronald Reagan that exists." -- Robert G. Kaufman, author of In Defense of the Bush Doctrine
""Writings on Ronald Reagan's career and legacy."--Chronicle of Higher Education" --
""Writings on Ronal Reagan's career and legacy."--Chronicle of Higher Education" --
"Writings on Ronal Reagan's career and legacy." -- The Chronicle Review
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A former Sunday school teacher and Hollywood actor, Ronald Reagan was an unlikely candidate for president. His charisma, conviction, and leadership earned him the governorship of California, from which he launched his successful bid to become the fortieth president of the United States in 1980. Reagan's political legacy continues to be the standard by which all conservatives are judged. In The Enduring Reagan, editor Charles W. Dunn brings together eight prominent scholars to examine the political career and legacy of Ronald Reagan. This anthology offers a bold reassessment of the Reagan years and the impact they had on the United States and the world.
Main Description
A former Sunday school teacher and Hollywood actor, Ronald Reagan was an unlikely candidate for president. His charisma, conviction, and leadership earned him the governorship of California, from which he launched his successful bid to become the fortieth president of the United States in 1980. Reagan's political legacy continues to be the standard by which all conservatives are judged. InThe Enduring Reagan, editor Charles W. Dunn brings together eight prominent scholars to examine the political career and legacy of Ronald Reagan. This anthology offers a bold reassessment of the Reagan years and the impact they had on the United States and the world.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Irony of Ronald Reaganp. 1
The Mixed Legacies of Ronald Reaganp. 13
The Social Construction of Ronald Reaganp. 37
Ronald Reagan's Legacy and American Conservatismp. 51
Mr. Reagan Goes to Washingtonp. 75
Reagan's Legacy, Bush's Burdenp. 93
Three Decades of Reaganismp. 119
Is the "Age of Reagan" Over?p. 141
Reagan's Open-Field Politicsp. 157
List of Contributorsp. 163
Indexp. 165
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