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on January 14, 2014
The book as a whole academically is very well done, most of the research backs up that of other well respected authors of the field. Overall I like the actual book with one exception. The author seems to need to throw stones at Ronald Regan m, not saying Regan is perfect, but the way in which this comments are made seem biased, When I read a book on history I don't want to be able to really tell how the author voted, in this book it is obvious. Now I am not saying the book goes Regan bashing , 99% of the book has nothing to do with Regan , save a few lines in the intro and final chapters it says very little. But to say because Regan visited G. Wallace makes him a racist is a bit of a stretch, when a president visits a state, it is customary to visit the governor, and it is customary to be pleasant to that person even if you do not really care for them, especially if they are in the same or similar party as you. And sharing a party affiliation with a racist does not make you a racist. If you can get around this small issue this is a very good read and is very much worth you time. Regan was IMO somewhat apathetic towards race, this does not make him a racist , but he was not a civil rights activist either. To many liberals anyone not a civil rights activist must be a racist, I don't get it.