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The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order

The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order

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Written by Steven F. HaywardAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Steven F. Hayward

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • On Sale: June 9, 2009
  • Price: $23.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-45369-3 (0-307-45369-3)
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THE AGE OF REAGAN brings to life the tumultuous decade and a half that preceded Ronald Reagan's ascent to the White House. Based on scores of interviews and years of research, Steven F. Hayward takes us on an engrossing journey through the most politically divisive years the United States has had to endure since the decade before the Civil War. Overseas, we were
embroiled in a war we couldn't win; at home, our streets had become battlefields; and in Washington, the old liberal order was collapsing under the weight of failed policies. "It seemed that an era of American optimisim and progress had come to a close," Hayward writes. "The concatenation of Vietnam, Watergate, the recurrent energy crisis, the swooning economy, the increasingly
disorderly world scene, and the failed presidencies associated with these events robbed Americans of their native optimism for the future."

Meanwhile, from out of the West rose a new conservative movement led by Ronald Reagan, a one-time Hollywood actor whose speech in 1964 in support of the doomed candidacy of Barry Goldwater not only electrified a national television audience but also created a political star who would change the course of history. With meticulous detail, Hayward captures an America at war with itself--and an era whose reverberations we feel to this very day. He brings new insight into the profound failure of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the oddly liberal nature of Richard Nixon's administration, the significance of Reagan's years as California's governor and the sudden-death drama of his near defeat
of Gerald Fold in the 1976 Republican primary, the listlessness of Jimmy Carter's leadership, and the political earthquake that was Reagan's victorious presidential campaign in 1980.
Provocative, authoritative, and majestic in scope, THE AGE OF REAGAN is an unforgettable account of the rebirth and triumph of the American spirit.

"Wonderfully useful." --William F. Buckley Jr.
"Enormously engaging. I found myself arguing and thinking my way through its very readable pages." --Fred Siegel, professor of
history, the Cooper Union
"A fascinating and extremely readable book about a unique era in American politics." --Edwin Meese III