Reagan's Comeback: Four Weeks in Texas That Changed American Politics Forever [NOOK Book]

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Never before has the story been told of the dramatic turning point when Ronald Reagan found his voice as a presidential contender and overcame the Republican establishment. Reagan's Comeback is the story of how one state, one man, and one month changed national politics forever. Chronicling how Reagan?s political career nearly ended, this turnabout story is told by those who made it happen: campaign volunteers, financiers, political activists, and media observers. Positioning Reagan to win in 1980, the birth of ...
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Reagan's Comeback: Four Weeks in Texas That Changed American Politics Forever

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Overview


Never before has the story been told of the dramatic turning point when Ronald Reagan found his voice as a presidential contender and overcame the Republican establishment. Reagan's Comeback is the story of how one state, one man, and one month changed national politics forever. Chronicling how Reagan’s political career nearly ended, this turnabout story is told by those who made it happen: campaign volunteers, financiers, political activists, and media observers. Positioning Reagan to win in 1980, the birth of the “Reagan Democrat” transformed Texas from Democratic stronghold to the reliably Republican powerhouse it is today, since producing five Republican presidential candidates and two Republican presidents, with more to follow. Reagan’s rise and victory against Ford in 1976 mirrors the current climate between the Tea Party movement and the GOP. With the 2012 election in sight, there is no better time to finally tell the whole story of how the Reagan Revolution found its launching point.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595341174
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 945,554
  • File size: 406 KB

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Gilbert Garcia is an award winning political writer. He has written for the Dallas Observer, Phoenix New Times, San Antonio Current, San Antonio Express News, and Plaza de Armas. A recipient of six Press Club Awards, he has covered the Democratic National Convention as well as the Republican and Democratic Texas state conventions.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Texas or Bust 11

2 Favor for a Favorite Son 20

3 The Two Rays 35

4 Lyon's Gambit 47

5 The Truth Squad 54

6 Big John's Quandary 75

7 One-Party State of Mind 86

8 The Great Tamale Incident 98

9 Senator in Exile 111

10 Ron Paul's Gold Standard 120

11 Stretch Drive 130

12 A New and Intransigent Regime 145

13 Kansas City Dreaming 151

14 What If? 167

15 Standing in the Shadows 174

16 Oil, Water, and Tea 184

Notes 195

Acknowledgments 201

Index 203

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Highly relevant to today's political climate

    The journalist who narrates Reagan’s Comeback lays out the origins of the Reagan Revolution in a way that’s both intellectual and quick to read. Gilbert Garcia takes us through the harrowing 1976 Texas Republican primary, in which Reagan beat Ford in the worst primary defeat ever experienced by an incumbent president.

    The historical accounts of Reagan’s primary victory in Texas are related to the origins of the Tea Party movement and the political policies which he set in motion as president. I felt like the author took a perspective on the subject that sought to explain a major political shift in the thinking of Texas voters:

    “Ford later suggested that he could have beaten Carter in ’76 if his candidacy had not been mortally wounded be the major expenditures of effort, time, and money that went into fending off Reagan’s challenge for the nomination,” (p. 168).

    I was relieved that the book kept a fairly moderate point of view, and I suspect the author’s background in journalism played a part. Any political junkie will appreciate the book’s insight into an important political shift in our nation’s history.

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