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Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan's Battle with Environmental Extremists and Why It Matters Today
     

Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan's Battle with Environmental Extremists and Why It Matters Today

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by William Perry Pendley
 

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The fascinating story of how Ronald Reagan, self-proclaimed "sagebrush rebel," took his revolutionary energy policies to Washington and revitalized the American economy.

Governor Reagan, with his unbridled faith in American ingenuity, creativity, and know-how and his confidence in the free-enterprise system, believed the United States would

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The fascinating story of how Ronald Reagan, self-proclaimed "sagebrush rebel," took his revolutionary energy policies to Washington and revitalized the American economy.

Governor Reagan, with his unbridled faith in American ingenuity, creativity, and know-how and his confidence in the free-enterprise system, believed the United States would “transcend” the Soviet Union. To do so, however, President Reagan had to revive and revitalize an American economy reeling from a double-digit trifecta (unemployment, inflation, and interest rates), and he knew the economy could not grow without reliable sources of energy that America had in abundance.

The environmental movement was in its ascendancy and had persuaded Congress to enact a series of well-intentioned laws that posed threats of great mischief in the hands of covetous bureaucrats, radical groups, and activist judges. A conservationist and an environmentalist, Ronald Reagan believed in being a good steward. More than anything else, however, he believed in people; specifically, for him, people were part of the ecology as well. That was where the split developed.

William Perry Pendley, a former member of the Reagan administration and author of some of Reagan's most sensible energy and environmental policies, tells the gripping story of how Reagan fought the new wave of anti-human environmentalists and managed to enact laws that protected nature while promoting the prosperity and freedom of man—saving the American economy in the process.

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ISBN-13:
9781621571568
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
07/08/2013
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.28(d)

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A lawyer and former Marine, William Perry Pendley served in the Reagan administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior, where he played a role in authoring Reagan's environmental policies. Now the president and chief legal officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation, Pendley is immersed in the practicalities of environmental law and understands better than anyone which policies protect both nature and man's freedom and prosperity.

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Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan's Battle with Environmental Extremists and Why It Matters Today 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Pendley has put together the most succinct record of a Great President and his efforts to corral the interests of the Environmental Extremists The work Pendley and James Watt did for our country can never be repaid.  Well written and although a thick book, an easy read PigmentRR
tmcco More than 1 year ago
Sagebrush Rebel is not only an excellent history of the Reagan presidency, but a "must read" for anyone interested in the nuances of the operation of the US political system. The intrigue and "give and take" involved in this system is evident from the author's stories, first hand knowledge and extensive research. Sagebrush Rebel reveals the dynamic nature of the US political system and is extremely relevant for anyone struggling to understand today's political scene. - H. Court Young
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pendley is a phenomenal speaker--I saw his speech on the book on YouTube.  I wished there was more at the end (the full speech is at BookTV) as I was just getting my refresher on Carter's War on the West.  You can tell his breadth of knowledge and intimate relationship with Reagan and his staff.  He reeled me in to read more.  Now that I have a copy of Sagebrush Rebel, I will.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pendley’s book, Sage brush Rebel, is the long-awaited definitive acclaim of Reagan’s pro-environment policies.  For all that Reagan and Watt were castigated by a liberal movement that was content with sacrificing the environment to further it’s political agenda, the simple truth was that Reagan created more lasting environmental protections by factoring in protections to people than the so-called “environmental activist lobby” had garnered since creation of the modern environmental protection movement.  Pendley explains anecdotally how and why Reagan became a strong environmentalist and why his policies were so successful.  His book is authoritative and thoroughly documented but wonderfully readable.  Those who were inside the Sagebrush Rebellion will revel in this tale while  those who were mislead by the false (and at times, vicious) brou–ha-ha surrounding his policies would do well to read this book  and try to understand why they worked so well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not let the thickness of the book or its well documented footnotes scare you. This is a remarkable collection of personal stories about Reagan, the team he assembled to get the job done, and what they accomplished on energy and environmental issues. As compelling as the well-told tales are the numerous quotes from Reagan's diaries and his radio addresses, both before and after he became president. Reagan's knowledge about energy and environmental issues provided the compass for his administration. And provides the direction we must move in today!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A US senator once (1985) told me that ‘America’s greatest treasure is Ronald Reagan’s heart’ [his integrity,  character, goodness]. This book documents that fact as it tells the never-before-told story with rigorous documentation of how Reagan balanced his love for the environment with his compassion for people. The book cuts through the fog of political and ideological rhetoric, ignorance and confusion that now shrouds the true fabric of what makes America work. The story of how Reagan pursued the American dream while president in the arena of the environment as a ‘Sagebrush rebel’ in battle with environmental extremists as an environmentalist himself is not only enlightening, but inspiring. Although Pendley was there on the inside and recounts first-hand experiences, he has also done his homework. Applying all his seasoned attorney  research skills and years of work in environmental litigation he thoroughly documented the story and applied his master storytelling skill writing a book that is a pleasure to read. Of the book’s 370 pages; 149 include appendices of original documents, copious well-organized notes (1,234); books, law review articles, magazines and government documents (183); a detailed index; and a long list of copyright acknowledgements. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea the degree to which Reagan was involved personally in the issues discussed in Sagebrush Rebel. He had experience dealing with the federal government on them as governor of California. (Remember he said the nine most frightening words in the English language are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help.") Then he studied all of these topics to write his radio addresses. Even with a White House full of speech writers, he continued to write his radio addresses on these policies. How refreshing to have had a president who knew what he was talking about instead of reading stuff off of a teleprompter. After reading this book, I just hope America will have another Reagan in its future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read scores of Reagan biographies and none of this was in them. This is truly an UNTOLD story of what Reagan did on a broad range of issues that are making headlines today. The author tells stories about what Reagan believed--and he knew exactly what he wanted to do from years of experience with the issues and writing about them--what he did, what has happened since Reagan left office, and why we need to return to Reagan's approach. Very readable, but highly documented with hundreds of endnotes, which are also packed with stories that did not make it into the text. A unique biography on Reagan not to be missed. Also has photographs, some charts, and several illustrative political cartoons. Great read!