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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Patrick Diggins Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463635
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Following his departure from office, Ronald Reagan was marginalized from public interest. But like Lincoln, who was also attacked for decades after his death, Reagan deserves to be regarded as one of our greatest presidents, an exemplar of true conservative values.

In this bold and philosophical reevaluation, Diggins reveals that Reagan was a far more active and sophisticated president than we ever knew. His negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev and his opposition to foreign interventions demonstrate that he was not a rigid hawk. In his pursuit of Emersonian ideals and distrust of big government, he was an open-minded libertarian, combining a reverence for America’s hallowed historical traditions with an implacable faith in the limitless opportunities of the future.

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  • “Diggins does a superb job of tracing Reagan’s intellectual development from old school New Dealer to thoughtful, Emersonian libertarian, and also firmly establishes Reagan’s credentials as a major architect of communism’s final collapse.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A significant book…Diggins holds that Reagan needs serious attention from intellectual historians.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 12/20/2011

    " Perhaps a bit too revisionist. Reagan might not be as conservative as some remember him...but I still am not convinced by Diggins's claim that he is a liberal "

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About the Author

John Patrick Diggins is the author of The Rise and Fall of the American LeftThe Proud Decades: 1941–1960, and biographies of John Adams and Max Weber. He is a distinguished professor of history at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered fourteen Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.