Ronald Reagan : Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History (Paperback) - Diggins, John Patrick

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This is a revealing portrait of great character, a book that reveals the 40thpresident to be an exemplar of the truest conservative values--and one of theAmerica's greatest presidents. 13 photographs.

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Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Mfg Part# 9780393330922
SKU 204683506
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0393330923
Release Date 2/1/2008
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"Professor Diggins has bold ideas, juicy opinions, and the cheek to state them forcefully."
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Annotation In this study of the life and thought of Ronald Reagan, historian John Patrick Diggins traces an arc in Reagan's outlook that runs, over time, from liberal to conservative. He begins with Reagan's years as governor of California, and notes that Reagan's politics were rooted in his identification with the Founding Fathers and his readings of the revolutionary rhetoric of pamphleteers such as Thomas Paine. Without questioning his sincerity, Diggins follows the path from the 1960s Reagan to the later Reagan, who was considered presentable as a nationwide candidate for the Republican party, and finally to the mature Reagan who as president urged Gorbachev to "tear down that wall."
First Line Ronald Reagan's political consciousness developed during the cold war.
Editors Note In this bold, revisionist biography, distinguished historian John Patrick Diggins shows that Ronald Reagan, in his distrust of big government, his pursuit of libertarian ideals, and his negotiations with Gorbachev, was a far more active and sophisticated president than we previously knew. Affirming the fortieth president to be an exemplar of the truest conservative values, Diggins ?identifies Reagan as the ?Emersonian President,? who believed that power is best when it resides in people, not government? (Library Journal).
Editors Note 3 In this bold, revisionist biography, distinguished historian John Patrick Diggins shows that Ronald Reagan, in his distrust of big government, his pursuit of libertarian ideals, and his negotiations with Gorbachev, was a far more active and sophisticated president than we previously knew. Affirming the fortieth president to be an exemplar of the truest conservative values, Diggins ?identifies Reagan as the ?Emersonian President,? who believed that power is best when it resides in people, not government? (Library Journal).
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0493
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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