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REAGAN'S REIGN ERROR Paperback – October 12, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; Revised edition (October 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394756444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394756448
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By L4d on June 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Contrary to what our Canadian reviewer below says, this book is not "made up" information about Reagan. These are actual remarks Reagan made; Mark Green explains in fantastic-yet-brief detail just what makes a remark yet another Reagan whopper.
As for greatest President of the 20th century, sorry, but Reagan was one of the worst--he stood by while AIDS became a plague that would take 25,000 American lives during his tenure alone; illegally funded the Contras by selling arms to Iran (and lied about it until the facts wouldn't let him); supported death squads in Central America that committed such noble acts as raping nuns (to which Reagan claimed the rapists were acting in self-defense); poisoning America's political discourse by making it okay to slime and smear opponents at will; making it cool to be a racist again with his "welfare queens" mantra; raping the environment so the rich could get richer; shifting the tax burden mostly to the middle class, who, like idiots, all but thanked him for it; expanding the government into a bigger entity than it had ever been; running up record deficits; removing the Fairness Doctrine from our airwaves and thereby opening them for rabidly partisan hate speech; and--oh yeah--selling biological and chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein.
If you want to know what went wrong with political discourse in America, look no further than Reagan's reign of error.
All of this and more is in Mr. Green's fine collection of quotes-over 160 largish pages of them! I highly recommend this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JTK Out West on March 22, 2012
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After over 30 years when he was first elected, Reagan has been mythologized to the point where his own son does not recognize him. This book recounts many of his profound and twisted misunderstandings which in some cases became wrong-headed public policy and accepted truth. While humorous, it is astounding to realize how much he managed to charm and cow the press into going along with his fantasy world. If this book appears too stridently anti-Reagan, see Lou Cannon's superb Reagan biography President Reagan: The Role Of A Lifetime which takes a measured view but nonetheless calls attention to the fantasy aspect of Reagan's take on the U.S. and the world.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TLR on November 29, 2013
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Though one is tempted to blame the assassination attempt in 1981 (and encroaching Alzheimer's) for the decline in Reagan's mental faculties, he actually made lots of fantastically stupid and ignorant statements going all the way back to his time as Governor. It definitely grew worse after 1981. But only a country thoroughly brainwashed by television and advertising could be impressed by the patriotic imagery and somehow miss the reality of what was happening during these years.

In June 1981, Reagan failed to recognize his only black cabinet member, Housing Secretary Samuel Pierce, at a White House reception for big-city mayors. "How are you, Mr Mayor?" he greeted him. "I'm glad to meet you. How are things in your city?"" That same month he held his third press conference, and was unable to answer many of the questions. He assured them, "I'm satisifed that we do have a foreign policy." At a state dinner in Brazil, he raised a toast to "the people of Bolivia."

In 1983, when Reagan told Yitzhak Shamir and Simon Wiesenthal that he had personally assisted in the liberation of Nazi death camps while serving as a photographer in an army unit (when in fact he spent the war in Hollywood), it should have been obvious that something was terribly wrong. But since Reagan was just a puppet figurehead for the people who actually run the country, it was apparently not a great concern.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Staley on October 26, 2003
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This is a well-documented book on the lies and contridictions of Ronald Reagan. People who love Reagan beware, the truth hurts. Like Reagan says, facts are funny things. This would be a great gift to those people who believe that Reagan could be considered anything more than a terrible President.
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