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The man who sold the world : Ronald Reagan and the betrayal of main street Americans

Author: William Kleinknecht
Publisher: New York, NY Nation Books 2009
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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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
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Kleinknecht
ISBN: 9781568584102 1568584105
OCLC Number: 845439477
Description: XXVII, 317 S.
Responsibility: William Kleinknecht
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Explores middle America and shows how Reaganism put the poor and working class back on the margins of everything except the basest popular culture. This book deals with Ronald Reagan's place in  Read more...

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"A seasoned crime reporter of the old school, William Kleinknecht has penetrated the showbiz curtain to expose the venality and cynicism of the Reagan era -- and tells us why the crimes of that time Read more...

 
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