Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years [NOOK Book]

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By the end of the 1980s, the "malaise" that had once pervaded American society was replaced by a renewed sense of confidence and national purpose. However, beneath this veneer of optimism was a nation confronting the effects of massive federal deficits

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Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years

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Overview


By the end of the 1980s, the "malaise" that had once pervaded American society was replaced by a renewed sense of confidence and national purpose. However, beneath this veneer of optimism was a nation confronting the effects of massive federal deficits

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Editorial Reviews

New York Sun
An astute account of politics and culture during the Reagan years.

— Nicholas Wapshott

Claremont Review of Books
A masterly synoptic account of the Reagan years (including two chapters on the Cold War)... that is especially good on domestic issues.... Collins is the rare historian who is literate in economics and public policy. He combines this knowledge with a writing style that is direct and understated. Indeed, it is hard to tell from his scrupulous prose what his own ideological leanings may be. Although he does not shrink from criticizing Reagan or his record, Collins confidently dispatches many of the well-entrenched criticisms of the Gipper that most historians roll over for, and in a way that does not read like a pro-Reagan brief.

— Steven F Hayward

American Studies
Any student of the period would benefit from having this book both for general reference and for a lively, informative read.

— John Matlin

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
Transforming America is an engaging, readable account of an important decade.

— Jerome L. Himmelstein

New York Sun - Nicholas Wapshott

An astute account of politics and culture during the Reagan years.

Claremont Review of Books - Steven F Hayward

A masterly synoptic account of the Reagan years (including two chapters on the Cold War)... that is especially good on domestic issues.... Collins is the rare historian who is literate in economics and public policy. He combines this knowledge with a writing style that is direct and understated. Indeed, it is hard to tell from his scrupulous prose what his own ideological leanings may be. Although he does not shrink from criticizing Reagan or his record, Collins confidently dispatches many of the well-entrenched criticisms of the Gipper that most historians roll over for, and in a way that does not read like a pro-Reagan brief.

American Studies - John Matlin

Any student of the period would benefit from having this book both for general reference and for a lively, informative read.

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society - Jerome L. Himmelstein

Transforming America is an engaging, readable account of an important decade.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231511308
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Robert M. Collins is the William H. Byler Professor of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and is the author of More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America and The Business Response to Keynes, 1929-1964.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 "Malaise" 7

2 Enter Ronald Reagan, Pragmatic Ideologue 29

3 Reaganomics 59

4 Greed is Good? The American Business System in the Eighties 93

5 Social Problems, Societal Issues 117

6 The Postmodern Moment 147

7 Culture War 171

8 Combating the Evil Empire 193

9 Winning the Cold War 219

10 The Eighties Legacy: The Recentering of Politics and Culture 235

Notes 257

Index 295

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