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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean Wilentz Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In The Age of Reagan, Sean Wilentz offers a fresh, brilliant chronicle of America’s political history since the fall of Nixon. The past thirty-five years have marked an era of conservatism. Although briefly interrupted in the late 1970s and temporarily reversed in the 1990s, a powerful surge from the Right has dominated American politics and government. Wilentz accounts for how an extreme conservative movement once deemed marginal managed to seize power and hold it, and the momentous consequences that followed.

Ronald Reagan has been the single most important political figure of this age. Without Reagan, the conservative movement would never have been as successful as it was. In his political persona, as well as his policies, Reagan embodied a new fusion of deeply right-leaning politics with some of the rhetoric and even the spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and of John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier. In American political history, there have been a few figures who, for better or worse, have placed their political stamp indelibly on their times. They include Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt—and Ronald Reagan. A conservative hero in a conservative age, Reagan is either so admired by a minority of historians or so disliked by the others that it has been difficult to evaluate his administration with detachment. The Age of Reagan raises profound questions and opens passionate debate about our nation’s recent past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wilentz skillfully disentangles the various threads of Reaganism, and traces the long shift in American politics that led to its ascendancy.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Eloquent and compelling…. [A] superb account.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wilentz’s critique compels readers, whatever their political persuasion, to come to grips with the Gipper.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amber Weinberg | 2/19/2014

    " Liberal biased crap "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Carraturo | 2/15/2014

    " A very good account of the greatest president in modern time. He was ahumble man who only had the interest in our country at heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike Horne | 2/14/2014

    " Good book for recent history if a bit skewed. The author uses the term ultraconservative a bit too much (is the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal ultraconservative?) and does not make the connection between Clarence Thomas's hearing and the Clinton impeachment (I teach that it was clear payback). But it was good primer on this stuff. I need to read some critical reviews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barron | 1/23/2014

    " Very good. Very comprehensive, though there are some missteps. "

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