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Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy Paperback – Bargain Price, February 2, 2010
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After Reagan movingly went public with his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 1994, negative criticism in print and on the broadcast media ceased - partly out of respect, but mostly because publishers thought negative books on Reagan would not sell. The former president was consigned to the mist of hagiography. By the time he died in 2004, there were serious calls for memorialization such as adding his visage to the dime and even to Mount Rushmore.
It takes time to look back at history with real perspective.
Two books have been recently published which attempt to present an alternative perspective on the Reagan presidency. One, William Kleinecht's The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America, is revisionist polemic and does more to enrage than enlighten. Will Bunch's Tear Down this Myth, however, is a fair and balanced (to borrow a phrase popular with right-wingers) look at the Reagan presidency. Far from polemic, and often complimentary to President Reagan, Bunch attempts to reveal the presidency of Ronald Reagan as it was experienced by those during the era. Many of the negative reviews appearing on Amazon are obviously written by those who didn't read the book.Read more ›
Mr. Bunch reminded me of some of the things I disliked about Reagan, but he also reminded me of some things I liked. And I found out about a few things I'd missed at the time and would have liked had I known about them. He also does us a great service by examining how different Reagan the man was from Reagan the myth. In myth: uncompromising. In reality: a pragmatist who would cut a deal to get things done. In myth: the warlike figure who scared the hell out of the Soviets. In reality: a person haunted by the idea of nuclear war and dedicated to arms control and negotiation. In myth: the ferocious tax cutter. In reality: raised taxes every year in office except the first. And so on...
I don't think this book will change your mind about Reagan, exactly. But it will educate you about Reagan, whether you worship him, detest him, or aren't sure. Given how long a shadow the myth of Reagan has cast, essential reading for anyone interested in American politics.
Now, Will Bunch provides a reminiscence of the story of Reagan's presidency -- both the good and the bad. Bunch reminds us that Reagan was not particularly popular during most of his presidency, and that many Americans had good reason to wonder whether the country was in competent hands. Bunch runs over the Iran-Contra scandal, which came close to ending up in Reagan's impeachment. Far from being a thrifty government downsizer, he added $2 trillion to the national debt and grew the government. Bunch also reminds us that Reagan was the original "cut and run" artist, pulling US troops out of a failed mission in Lebanon within weeks after 241 Marines were killed there in a terrorist attack. We are reminded that Reagan's overtures to Iran to free hostages only resulted in more Americans being taken, and that his economic plans sowed the seeds of deregulation and greed that we are still reaping. We also see Reagan, the man who hated committing troops to war, who was a pragmatist economist who raised taxes when his trickle down theories did not working and whose personal diplomacy with the Soviets came close to riding the world of nuclear weapons.
The second half of the book lays out the players involved in turning Reagan into a poster child for ideas that he did not espouse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be very smart, very well researched and surprisingly objective. As it went through the events of the 1980`s it remained close to the facts without giving an... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
The false myths about Reagan are now exposed in this book. If you want the truth, read this tell all book.Published 1 month ago by Robert
I'm tired of hearing praises of Ronal Reagan.
He got elected by committing treason (the Iran deal), and his economic policies led to the problems we have today. Read more
A very interesting read. I feel that the author covered the topic fairly and completely.Published 4 months ago by vzdoug
Reagan... Read this to understand the Right's obsession with him.Published 5 months ago by Terence Wride
GREAT INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO LIVED THROUGH THE LIE, ARE WELL INFORMED, AND ARE APPALLED AT THE ONGOING "REAGAN MYTH"!Published 6 months ago by Graciela C. Catasus
Excellent book. Independents and Mom and Pop stores were destroyed when RR removed protective regulations. Everyone needs to read this book.Published 6 months ago by B. D. Hamilton
Kind of wordy....you had to read through a lot of excess information to get to the subject of the book.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer