Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980

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Cover Art for 9781476793061, Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 by Rick Perlstein
ISBN: 9781476793061
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 3 August, 2021
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020 From the bestselling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge comes the dramatic conclusion of how conservatism took control of American political power. Over two decades, Rick Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in modern American politics. With the sagamsquo;s final installment, he has delivered yet another stunning literary and historical achievement. In late 1976, Ronald Reagan was dismissed as a man without a political future: defeated in his nomination bid against a sitting president of his own party, blamed for President Gerald Fordnsquo;s defeat, too old to make another run. His comeback was fueled by an extraordinary confluence: fundamentalist preachers and former segregationists reinventing themselves as militant crusaders against gay rights and feminism; business executives uniting against regulation in an era of economic decline; a cadre of secretive edquo;New Rightrdquo; organizers deploying state-of-the-art technology, bending political norms to the breaking point—and Reaganbsquo;s own unbending optimism, his ability to convey unshakable confidence in America as the world,squo;s dquo;shining city on a hill.ydquo; Meanwhile, a civil war broke out in the Democratic party. When President Jimmy Carter called Americans to a new ethic of austerity, Senator Ted Kennedy reacted with horror, challenging him for reelection. Carterysquo;s Oval Office tenure was further imperiled by the Iranian hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, near-catastrophe at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant, aviation accidents, serial killers on the loose, and endless gas lines. Backed by a reenergized conservative Republican base, Reagan ran on the campaign slogan sdquo;Make America Great Againudquo;—and prevailed. Reaganland is the story of how that happened, tracing conservatives squo; cutthroat strategies to gain power and explaining why they endure four decades later.

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