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Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years Paperback – June 17, 2003
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The Reagan papers were scheduled to be released on June 21 of this year. Barring access to them, this is one of the very few books that attempts to tell a story of a presidency without gushing like a teenage girl with a crush. A great man can withstand critical scrutiny, and Haynes Johnson has given Reagan that chance---and finds Reagan coming up short of the lyrical reviews by Peggy Noonan and others.
If you want some substance for your next discussion over the deficit legacy, Star Wars, and Iran-contra---useful since many of the participants are alive, well, and in power today---you should find this book interesting, regardless of your actual politics.
This book contains the facts of that age, objectively written by a trained journalist and historian and a true professional and gentleman with full access to all parties, the objective truth and facts about the long national nightmare which was and still is the Reagan/Bush dynastic regime, from which we as a nation still struggle to awaken and may never succeed.
As you can see I would prefer a little more polemic on the part of the author, but he is a skilled professional correctly concerned with maintaining his access to all parties and yet presenting the truth. Thus, while restraining himself from commenting directly nor editorializgin at length regarding the phenomena of that time, he skillfully does so indirectly through quotes from the players and writers of that age. We therefore read the harshest words regarding Reagan coming from the mouth of none other than Dick Cheney, quoted at great length. Haynes can wear the velvet glove and fine demeanor, and let others speak the truth no matter whom it disturbs from their eager slumber.Read more ›
What Johnson adduces is a clueless President, who's uninterested in policy, being led around by advisors, who are often corrupt. His belief in Lasser and Stockman's supply side expectations, SDI, and conflicting threat estimates are a few examples.
The Reagan anecdotes, such as the "welfare queen" story is worth the price of the book. I'd rate this book higher than similar exposes on Reagan, such as "Landslide", however, if you're expecting a complete history, you'll be disappointed.
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An outstanding look into the Reagan administration. There are so many myths about this time period and about Reagan himself that it is almost impossible to understand how he truly... Read morePublished 20 days ago by G. V. Short
Excellent review of what made Reagan "tick" and his presidency. I really like how he explains the beginning of the theory about supply-side economics.Published 13 months ago by Boston Phil
Another excellent read. As far as I'm concerned, everything bad about America started with Reagan.Published 18 months ago by thomas farnham
What an amazing book to read now, in 2014. It supplies the groundwork for all that came later, from the privatizing of the military, prisons, etc. Read morePublished 20 months ago by CP
My political awakening occurred during Reagan's second term (a man I would have voted for in 1984 if I'd been old enough), and it was jarring. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by TLR
As my daughter likes to say "I got to the party late." I finally got around to reading "Sleepwalking Through History," although we've had a copy since it was first released in... Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Marcus A. Lewis
This book is merely a hit piece on Reagan blaming him for ever percidved failure both real and imagined. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Bob
This is a pretty interesting book for anybody who wants a quick look into the 1980s. While its concentration is on the political aspects of this wonderful decade, there is also a... Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by Patrick Hall