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The Age of Reagan - 1964-1980: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order

Steven F. Hayward

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Format: Hardcover, 848pp.
ISBN: 9780761513377
Publisher: Prima Publishing
Pub. Date: September 2001

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In The Age of Reagan, historian Steven F. Hayward brings to life the tumultuous decade and a half that preceded Ronald Reagan's ascent to the White House. Based on scores of interviews and years of research, this volume is an engrossing journey through the most politically divisive years the United States has had to endure since the decade before the Civil War. Overseas, we were embroiled in a war we couldn't win; at home, our streets had become battlefields; and in Washington, the old liberal order was collapsing under the weight of failed policies.

Meanwhile, from out of the West rose a new conservative movement led by Ronald Reagan, a one-time Hollywood actor whose speech in 1964 in support of the doomed candidacy of Barry Goldwater not only electrified a national television audience but also created a political star.

With meticulous detail, Hayward captures an America at war with itself--and an era that changed the world. He brings new insight into the profound failure of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the oddly liberal nature of Richard Nixon's administration, the significance of Reagan's years as California's governor and the sudden-death drama of his near defeat of Gerald Fold in the 1976 Republican primary, the listlessness of Jimmy Carter's leadership, and the political earthquake that was Reagan's victorious presidential campaign in 1980.

Provocative, authoritative, and majestic in scope, The Age of Reagan is an unforgettable account of the rebirth and triumph of the American spirit.


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Steven F. Hayward is a senior fellow of the Pacific Research Institute, a public policy think-tank based in San Francisco, and a contributing editor for Reason magazine. He holds a doctorate in history from the Claremont Graduate School.

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Author's Note
Prologue: Theme of the Book
IThe Self-Destruction of Liberalism
1Hinge: The Apogee of Liberalism in 1964
2Wedge: Breaking Up the American Consensus
3Razor: The Great Society and Its Discontents
4Centrifuge: The Loss of Control
5Anvil: 1968
IIThe Failure of Richard Nixon
6The Education of Richard Nixon
7Exhaustion: The Shaping of the 1970s
8Watergate and Its Aftermath
IIIThe coming of Ronald Reagan
9Detente and Its Discontents
10The Dress Rehearsal: Reagan's Challenge
11The Education of Jimmy Carter
14Reagan's Moment

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