The Age of Reagan

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-08
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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The past thirty-five years have marked an era of conservatism. Although briefly interrupted in the late 1970s and temporarily reversed in the 1990s, a powerful surge from the right dominated American politics and government from 1974 to 2008. In The Age of Reagan, Sean Wilentz, one of our nation's leading historians, accounts for how a conservative movement once deemed marginal managed to seize power and hold it, and describes the momentous consequences that followed.Vivid, authoritative, and illuminating from start to finish, The Age of Reagan is a groundbreaking chronicle of America's political history since the fall of Nixon.

Author Biography

Sean Wilentz is the author of The Rise of American Democracy, which won the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wilentz teaches American history at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Prologue: July 4, 1976p. 14
Memories of the Ford Administrationp. 26
Détente and Its Discontentsp. 48
Jimmy Carter and the Agonies of Anti-Politicsp. 73
Human Rights and Democratic Collapsep. 99
New Morningp. 127
Confronting the Evil Empirep. 151
"Call It Mysticism If You Will"p. 176
"We Have an Undercover Thing": The Iran-Contra Affairp. 209
"Another Time, Another Era"p. 245
Reaganism and Realismp. 288
The Politics of Clintonismp. 323
Clinton's Comebackp. 355
Animosities and Interest: The Impeachment of Clintonp. 382
Irreparable Harm: The Election of 2000p. 408
Epilogue: October 13, 2001p. 432
Acknowledgmentsp. 459
Notesp. 461
Selected Sources and Readingsp. 515
Indexp. 545
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