The America That Reagan Built / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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This is a whistle-stop survey of American politics from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, with visits to poll results, biennial elections, political crises, and policy questions of the past twenty-five years. It touches on numerous aspects of American political life as well as economics, art, literature, science, society, fads, and customs that changed with the culture of the country. The story is told in terms of the presidents who shaped and led the nation, the elections that brought and kept them in power, and the dozens of people who collectively played a part in helping mold the national experience from 1980 to 2005.
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About the Author
J. David Woodard is Professor of Political Science at Clemson University and co-author of American Conservatism from Burke to Bush (1991) and The Conservative Tradition in America (1996). He is also the author of The New Southern Politics (2006).
What People are Saying About This
"Each generation of students, we are told, suffers from a historical blind spot covering the decades surrounding their birth. This deficiency in current college students' understanding of recent political history finds its ready cure in this topical, highly readable account of recent American political history. Like Alexis de Tocqueville, David Woodard understands that a nation's politics and political institutions rest on the foundation of political culture. The America That Reagan Built explores the roots of our political culture, telling the story of a rolling Republican realignment culminating in today's tenuous majority. Woodard offers a critical insight into the current polarization of American politics with its bitter partisanship, politics by other means, and politics of personal destruction. The book is the perfect supplement for courses filled with entering first year students."
"This book is political science at its best. David Woodard writes with a style that is part spellbinding storyteller and part incisive political analyst. He looks back on the key events that shaped the American experience of the past 25 years through a lens that is not narrowly focused but rather includes culture, values, economies, politics, and international affairs. The result is an important book that helps us understand where we are today."
"Readable and analytical, ^IThe America That Reagan Built^R its billing as a clear and concise account of 'the political history of the United States from the 1980s to the second administration of George W. Bush.' It is a 'must read' for all students of American politics. Indeed, students whose professors do not assign this book should feel short-changed."
"Readable and analytical, The America That Reagan Built its billing as a clear and concise account of 'the political history of the United States from the 1980s to the second administration of George W. Bush.' It is a 'must read' for all students of American politics. Indeed, students whose professors do not assign this book should feel short-changed."
"Conservatives are leading the charge, liberals are in retreat, and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan was the defining moment in transforming the trajectory of our political life. That is the grand thesis of this enjoyable travelogue through contemporary American politics. And what punctuates the political road-map are culture wars, here and abroad, and those enduring values that define the essence of being an American. The historical narrative virtually transports the reader back in time to experience first-hand those vital developments that had lasting political impact, beginning with Jimmy Carter's failed rescue of Americans taken hostage by Iranian militants and culminating with 9/11/01 and George W. Bush's War on Terrorism. Anybody interested in American politics, particularly those for whom the 1970s are a fading memory, will immensely enjoy The America That Reagan Built. Woodard's lively writing style and richly detailed anecdotes are absolutely engaging."