The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of His Conversion to Conservatism / Edition 1

The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of His Conversion to Conservatism / Edition 1

by Thomas W. Evans
     
 

Based on a newly discovered collection of private papers as well as interviews and corporate documents, Thomas W. Evans links the eight years (1954-1962) in which Reagan worked for General Electric-acting as host of its television program, GE Theater, and traveling the country as the company's public-relations envoy-to his conversion to conservatism. Evans

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Based on a newly discovered collection of private papers as well as interviews and corporate documents, Thomas W. Evans links the eight years (1954-1962) in which Reagan worked for General Electric-acting as host of its television program, GE Theater, and traveling the country as the company's public-relations envoy-to his conversion to conservatism. Evans particularly focuses on the profound influence of GE executive Lemuel Boulware, who would become Reagan's political and ideological mentor. Known for his innovative corporate strategies to win over workers and his tough stance against the "excesses" of union officials, Boulware championed the core tenets of modern American conservatism-free-market fundamentalism, anticommunism, lower taxes, and limited government. Building on the ideas and influence of Boulware, Reagan would soon begin his rise as a national political figure and an icon of the American conservative movement.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138611
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/04/2008
Series:
Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,189,640
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. A New Dealer to the Core2. Politics: War by Different MeansPart I. A Postgraduate Course in Political Science 3. Boulwarism4. The Plant Tour5. Schools, Classes, and TrainsPart II. An Apprenticeship for Public Life 6. The Campaign7. Allies8. The Speech9. Two Unions10. The Art of NegotiationPart III. To Encourage an Increasing Majority of Citizens 11. The Campaign Continues12. The Presidential Bug13. A President's VisionAppendix. Speeches of Reuther, Boulware, and Reagan Walter P. Reuther, Labor and the Community Lemuel Boulware, Salvation Is Not Free Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing ("The Speech")AcknowledgmentsNotesReferencesIndex

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