The City on a Hill: Fulfilling Ronald Reagan's Vision for America

The City on a Hill: Fulfilling Ronald Reagan's Vision for America

by Michael Reagan, James D. Denney
     
 

Michael Reagan's book is a collection of strategies and solutions to use on the grass-roots level to restore American society and the American family, and to preserve our heritage of freedom for our children and grandchildren. See more details below

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Michael Reagan's book is a collection of strategies and solutions to use on the grass-roots level to restore American society and the American family, and to preserve our heritage of freedom for our children and grandchildren.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Throughout American history, many eloquent, persuasive political commentators have conveyed their opinions not with name calling and invective but with grace and passion. Broadcaster Michael Reagan, son of the former president, is not one of them. He skillfully chooses revelatory personal stories about his father and clearly presents the conservative view on a variety of issues. But his suggestions for reviving his father's vision have already been covered at length in conservative media. His broad generalizations concerning government change often have a smug, self-righteous tone that seeps into the many passages of liberal-bashing. In his section on foreign policy, Reagan demonizes almost a dozen countries in simplistic dismissal, then lumps together most of Latin America, warning readers of the region's threat to the good ol' U.S.A. It is this moral indignation that not only makes his chapter on religious tolerance ironic but also buries his occasional good ideas under anti-Democrat rhetoric. When Puritan John Winthrop said Boston was to be "a shining city on a hill" that would be an example to the world, he presided over an exclusionary, isolationist congregation bent on purity at any costan "us vs. them" attitude that Reagan carries like a sword (in this case, a blunt one) into every diatribe. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Ronald Reagan's adoptive son offers a digressive tract that combines—not always effectively or gracefully—a celebration of his father's presidency, a neoconservative agenda for national renewal, score-settling asides on those he feels have done him wrong, and ad hominem attacks on Bill Clinton that might give the American Spectator pause.

Drawing on his father's conceit (borrowed from Pilgrim John Winthrop) of an America that shows the rest of the world just how to create a paradise on earth, the San Diegobased radio talk-show host provides a cluttered blueprint for restoring the putatively lost glories of yesteryear when Reagan père was cutting taxes, rearming the US military, jump-starting the domestic economy, and otherwise giving the country greater confidence in itself. His four-point program envisions realigning the roles played by mainstays of American society. By way of example, he would cut the federal budget and shrink government while reasserting national sovereignty. In like vein, the author urges that job-creating business be relieved of regulatory and tax burdens. He commends supporting civic and religious institutions that can take up the slack left by welfare reform and castigates government agencies at all levels for their paternalistic intrusions into the American family. At least as interested in tearing down as in building up, Reagan the Younger assails Clinton early and often, characterizing him as a slick (rather than great) communicator and the make-love- not-war president. Nor does the aggrieved author neglect to get even for slights he has suffered at the hands of Republican Party officials, Nancy Reagan (who on occasion has treated him, well, like a stepchild), and others.

An odd sociopolitical amalgam, of interest mainly for the personal insights a lightweight son can provide on his world-class father, rather than its anti-Democrat invective or pro forma attempt to revive the Reagan Revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785272366
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.06(d)

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