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Ross Douthat…an essentially partisan history, written from the same ideological vantage point as the politician it celebrates. There are obvious difficulties with this approach…But The Age of Reagan demonstrates the strengths of partisan historiography as well. Because he takes for granted that Reagan's presidency was successful, Hayward is free to explore, as few authors have, exactly how he did it. Reagan the wordsmith gets his due—the book is filled, appropriately, with extensive quotations from the Great Communicator's addresses, television chats and press conferences. So does Reagan the savvy diplomat, whose rapport with Mikhail Gorbachev played a significant role in easing the cold war to an end. But Hayward's most timely portrait is probably Reagan the wheeler-dealer, who came to office with the presidency's influence at a modern nadir and maneuvered sweeping domestic legislation through a Congress that was often controlled by the opposition party.
—The New York Times