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Author: Henry Olsen Narrator: Derek Shetterly Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9780062674470
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In this sure to be controversial book in the vein of The Forgotten Man, a political analyst argues that conservative icon Ronald Reagan was not an enemy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal, but his true heir and the popular program’s ultimate savior.

Conventional political wisdom views the two most consequential presidents of the twentieth-century—FDR and Ronald Reagan—as ideological opposites. FDR is hailed as the champion of big-government progressivism manifested in the New Deal. Reagan is seen as the crusader for conservatism dedicated to small government and free markets. But Henry Olsen argues that this assumption is wrong.

In Ronald Reagan: New Deal Republican, Olsen contends that the historical record clearly shows that Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal itself were more conservative than either Democrats or Republicans believe, and that Ronald Reagan was more progressive than most contemporary Republicans understand. Olsen cuts through political mythology to set the record straight, revealing how Reagan—a longtime Democrat until FDR’s successors lost his vision in the 1960s—saw himself as FDR’s natural heir, carrying forward the basic promises of the New Deal: that every American deserves comfort, dignity, and respect provided they work to the best of their ability.

Olsen corrects faulty assumptions driving today’s politics. Conservative Republican political victories over the last thirty years have not been a rejection of the New Deal’s promises, he demonstrates, but rather a representation of the electorate’s desire for their success—which Americans see as fulfilling the vision of the nation’s founding. For the good of all citizens and the GOP, he implores Republicans to once again become a party of "FDR Conservatives"—to rediscover and support the basic elements of FDR (and Reagan’s) vision.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Henry Olsen brings to light the real Reagan. Far from a rigid ideologue or an ‘amiable dunce,’ he was a New Dealer at heart who wanted to make the economy work for all Americans, whether rich or poor.”

    Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review

  • “With this nuance portrait of Ronald Reagan’s political evolution and maturation, Henry Olsen challenges many of his fellow conservatives to rethink, as Reagan did, the art of the possible in the America that the New Deal made.”

    George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize winning political commentator

  • “An urgent warning for conservatives: if you admire Reagan—listen to him. What you learn will surprise you—and may save you.”

    David Frum, political commentator

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About the Author

Henry Olsen is a political analyst and a senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a regular contributor to leading publications, including National Review, Weekly Standard, National Affairs, Commentary, the National Interest, the American Interest, and the Claremont Review of Books, and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Washington Times.

About the Narrator

Derek Shetterly has worked extensively as an on-air radio talent, voice-over actor, and audiobook narrator. A graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a BA in radio and television, he lives in Oregon.