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The man who sold the world : Ronald Reagan and the betrayal of Main Street America

Author: William Kleinknecht
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since Ronald Reagan left office--and particularly after his death--his shadow has loomed large over American politics: Republicans and many Democrats have waxed nostalgic, extolling the Republican tradition he embodied, the optimism he espoused, and his abilities as a communicator. This carefully calibrated image is complete fiction, argues journalist William Kleinknecht. The Reagan presidency was epoch-shattering,  Read more...
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Named Person: Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Kleinknecht
ISBN: 9781568584102 1568584105 9781568584423 1568584423
OCLC Number: 246893612
Description: xxvii, 317 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Forgotten roots --
Two views of America --
The invasion --
Year zero --
The looting of America --
Merger mania --
The effluvia of commerce --
The spoils of revolution --
The great enabler --
"The man with the badge" --
The second-rate society.
Responsibility: William Kleinknecht.

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Since Ronald Reagan left office--and particularly after his death--his shadow has loomed large over American politics: Republicans and many Democrats have waxed nostalgic, extolling the Republican tradition he embodied, the optimism he espoused, and his abilities as a communicator. This carefully calibrated image is complete fiction, argues journalist William Kleinknecht. The Reagan presidency was epoch-shattering, but not--as his propagandists would have it--because it invigorated private enterprise or made America feel strong again. His real legacy was the dismantling of an eight-decade period of reform in which working people were given an unprecedented sway over our politics, our economy, and our culture. Reagan halted this almost overnight. Kleinknecht explores middle America--starting with Reagan's hometown of Dixon, Illinois--and shows that as the Reagan legend grows, his true legacy continues to decimate middle America.--From publisher description.

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