Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years

Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years

by Robert M. Collins
     
 

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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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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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231511308
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/19/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Donald T. Critchlow
Robert Collins's Transforming America deserves to be placed high on the pile of must-read books. Collins captures the charm, tenacity, and accomplishments of Reagan, the man and president, bringing judicious insight to a decade that changed America forever.

David Farber
Master historian Robert Collins has written a brilliant, balanced account of the Reagan years. His chapters on Reaganomics and business in the 80s are a tour de force and his analysis of Americans' simultaneous embrace of a permissive culture and a conservative politics is as compelling as it is fascinating.

Michael Flamm
A gifted economic historian, Robert Collins has produced a clear and compelling analysis of a critical era and a controversial figure.

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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