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Posted June 18, 2010
A Lousy misappropriation of Steven Hayword's book by the same title
I was amazed that Wilentz would usurp Hayword's title of his first volume in 2001 on "The Age of Reagan" especially since Hayward announced that he was going to do a second volume of the same name Wilentz could at least have picked a different title. He confused me into buying his book thinking that I was getting Hayward's. Shame--and Wilentz owes me a refund.
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Posted June 26, 2008
If you looking of objectively, you won¿t find it here
This book is a major disappointment. When I purchased it I thought that it would be a scholarly, objective assessment of the Reagan presidency and the era it spawned. Instead this book turned out to be a highly partisan work that is mainly dedicated to trashing Ronald Reagan¿s presidential legacy. Without a doubt there were mistakes during the Reagan presidency. Our Marines were needlessly killed as sitting ducks in a terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon. Saving and Loan deregulation resulted in massive fraud and losses that were born by the taxpayers. And the weapons for hostages aspect of the Iran ¿ Contra scandal was wrong, disturbing and disgusting. But there were many positive aspects too. The economy under Ronald Reagan greatly improved in large part because of his tax cutting policies. Nuclear arms reductions between the U.S. and Soviet Union reached historic proportions. The groundwork was set for the fall of the Iron Curtain and ultimately the Soviet Union. And perhaps most important of all Americans began to feel good about themselves and their country after years of corruption during the Nixon administration and failure under the Carter administration. Professor Wilentz gives Ronald Reagan no credit for these successes at all. All of them were due to dumb luck or someone else¿s efforts in Professor Wilentz¿ stilted analysis. Later the professor complains about the results of the 2000 presidential election and the Supreme Court decision that ended the endless recounts. All of the clichés mouthed by sorehead Democrats are repeated here. And he fails to mention that subsequent recounts by liberal friendly publications, like The New York Times, came up with the same result. Al Gore lost Florida and the election by a whisker. If I were to grade Professor Wilentz on his work, I would give him a ¿C¿ for stating the facts and an ¿F¿ for objectively. The book can only be described as a hymnal for the Reagan and Republican hating extreme liberal Democratic choir.
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Posted August 4, 2008
A liberal bias book
I was fooled by the title of this book. Mr. Wilentz is a liberal who bashes Reagan and Bush. I should have suspected something when Mr. Wilentz indicates that the Supreme Court chose the president in 2000. I have a question for Mr. Wilentz, what would have happened if the Supreme Court allowed the Florida recount to continue? The same result as three news organizations concluded after they did a recount - Bush won Florida, and the presidency. If you want a liberal bias view of the political history from 1974 to 2008, then this book is a good one. Unfortunate, Mr. Wilentz doesn't give President Reagan the credit he deserves.
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