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From the Publisher"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
"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."
"The impressively coherent narrative encompasses everything from elections and policy debates to trials of the century, hairstyles, and top television shows."
Political Science Quarterly
"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."