Sleepwalking through History: America in the Reagan Years

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In this brilliantly readable book, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles the Reagan decade, when America fell from dominant world power to struggling debtor nation and when optimism turned to foreboding. In human terms and living case histories, Haynes Johnson captures the drama and tragedy of an era nurtured by greed and a morality that found virtue in not getting caught.

"It is morning again in America," Reagan's campaign commercials told us, and for too long we embraced that convenient lie. Indeed, ...

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Overview

In this brilliantly readable book, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles the Reagan decade, when America fell from dominant world power to struggling debtor nation and when optimism turned to foreboding. In human terms and living case histories, Haynes Johnson captures the drama and tragedy of an era nurtured by greed and a morality that found virtue in not getting caught.

"It is morning again in America," Reagan's campaign commercials told us, and for too long we embraced that convenient lie. Indeed, the problems that came to plague us in that decade are with us even more today, as Johnson memorably demonstrates in—his afterword, "Notes on an Era," written especially for this new paperback reissue. This book will remain a signature work of political analysis for years to come.

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Elegant prose, devastating insight and a keen historical perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385422598
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/23/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 538
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.24 (d)

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Haynes Johnson

Haynes Johnson is the author of Divided We Fall: Gambling with History in the Nineties. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 11
Foreword 15
Bk. 1 Washington, Jan. 20, 1981
1 The Capital 19
2 The Loser 24
3 The Winner 41
4 The New America 52
5 The New Conservatism 65
6 The Great Reaction 76
7 The Take-over 83
8 A New Era 93
Bk. 2 America, Jan. 20, 1981
9 The Cabal 97
10 Rustbelt 116
11 Sunbelt 125
12 Capital of Success 132
Bk. 3 The Teflon Years
13 Electronic Culture 139
14 Myths and Realities 153
15 Privatizing 168
16 God and Mammon 193
17 The Insiders 215
18 Deregulation 227
19 The Ledger 235
20 Secrets 245
21 Haven 261
22 April Again 275
23 On the Hill 301
24 The Investigation 333
25 Olliemania 348
26 Postmortems 366
27 Crash 372
28 Reckoning 387
Bk. 4 America, Jan. 20, 1989
29 Capital of Success 411
30 Sunbelt 419
31 Rustbelt and Farmbelt 424
32 Wall Street 431
33 Washington 438
Afterword 461
Players of the Eighties 475
Notes and Sources 483
Bibliography 491
Acknowledgments 501
Index 503
About the Author 527
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