Reagan at Bergen-Belsen and Bitburg / Edition 1

Reagan at Bergen-Belsen and Bitburg / Edition 1

by Richard J. Jensen
     
 

Ronald Reagan's inability to sway the American public and press with his speeches at the former site of the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and, later, at the U.S. Air Force base in Bitburg, Germany, has been marked by many as the first major failure of the Great Communicator's second term. Though the speeches were carefully crafted and delivered in his… See more details below

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Ronald Reagan's inability to sway the American public and press with his speeches at the former site of the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and, later, at the U.S. Air Force base in Bitburg, Germany, has been marked by many as the first major failure of the Great Communicator's second term. Though the speeches were carefully crafted and delivered in his usual style, Reagan continued to be critized by many for his controversial appearances a Bergen-Belsen and a German military cemetery near Bitburg.

Richard Jensen highlights the qualities of the speeches that make them, in his estimation, models of presidential discourse. But he also looks at the setting for the speeches-political and historical-that doomed them despite their eloquence. Telescoping in from the broadest perspective on Reagan's rhetorical career (citing the arguments made by scholars); to the circumstances surrounding the decision to make the speeches; to the drafting, delivery, and reception of the texts, Jensen contrasts these two speeches with two very successful ones Reagan had delivered in Normandy the previous year. The result is a vivid picture of a man and a moment in history. Students and all those interested in public discourse and the presidency will deeply benefit from this mature work by a major scholar of rhetoric.

About the Author:
Richard J. Jensen, an emeritus professor of communication at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585446254
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Library of Presidential Rhetoric Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     IX
Ronald Reagan's Remarks at a Commemorative Ceremony at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in the Federal Republic of Germany May 5, 1985     1
Ronald Reagan: A Maddeningly Contradictory Figure     5
Reagan as Ceremonial Speaker     30
Events Leading to Speeches at Bergen-Belsen and Bitburg     53
From the Ashes Has Come Hope     91
A Seminal Symbolic Disaster: Reagan at Bitburg, May 5, 1985     122
Ronald Reagan's Remarks at a Joint German-American Ceremony at Bitburg Air Base in the Federal Republic of Germany May 5, 1985     133
Notes     139
Bibliography     157
Index     161

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