The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989

The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989

by Steven F. Hayward
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The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989 by Steven F. Hayward

“Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.”
–President Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981

Hero. It was a word most Americans weren’t using much in 1980. As they waited on gas and unemployment lines, as their enemies abroad grew ever more aggressive, and as one after another their leaders failed them, Americans began to believe the country’s greatness was fading.

Yet within two years the recession and gas shortage were over. Before the decade was out, the Cold War was won, the Berlin Wall came crashing down, and America was once more at the height of prosperity. And the nation had a new hero: Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Reagan’s greatness is today widely acknowledged, but his legacy is still misunderstood. Democrats accept the effectiveness of his foreign policy but ignore the success of his domestic programs; Republicans cheer his victories over liberalism while ignoring his bitter battles with his own party’s establishment; historians speak of his eloquence and charisma but gloss over his brilliance in policy and clarity of vision.

From Steven F. Hayward, the critically acclaimed author of The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, comes the first complete, true story of this misunderstood, controversial, and deeply consequential presidency. Hayward pierces the myths and media narratives, masterfully documenting exactly what transpired behind the scenes during Reagan’s landmark presidency and revealing his real legacy.

What emerges is a compelling portrait of a man who arrived in office after thirty years of practical schooling in the ways of politics and power, possessing a clear vision of where he wanted to take the nation and a willingness to take firm charge of his own administration. His relentless drive to shrink government and lift the burdens of high taxation was born of a deep appreciation for the grander blessings of liberty. And it was this same outlook, extended to the world’s politically and economically enslaved nations, that shaped his foreign policy and lent his statecraft its great unifying power.

Over a decade in the making, and filled with fresh revelations, surprising insights, and an unerring eye for the telling detail, this provocative and authoritative book recalls a time when true leadership inspired a fallen nation to pick itself up, hold its head high, and take up the cause of freedom once again.

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ISBN-13: 9781400053582
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 650,555
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

STEVEN F. HAYWARD is the author of The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964—1980, the first of two volumes on Ronald Reagan and his political legacy. He has also written Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders; The Real Jimmy Carter; and Churchill on Leadership. He is an F. K. Weyerhaeuser fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and California.

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Both volumes are extremely well written and those that might be put off by the length of the books should know that the information and analysis in the many pages are worth every minute of reading. For some the book might not be critical enough of Reagan while for others the analysis of the period might be too objective. The author succeeded to write a historical and sociological textbook addressed to the informed student of history of every age in a way that it does not make the experience of reading too daunting. The period covered in the book is so close to our time and yet so far in our consciousness that we forget both the struggles of the country and the return to a better America that led to the prosperity of the ’90 and, for all the handwringing and complaints, to the good life we are experiencing today: far less crime, better health, better air, no oil crisis, no social upheavals that threatens to break cities and states. Reading the book one should learn humility when learning of the many struggles that brought a much equal and freer America and hope that tomorrow it is always a better one.