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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307453693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307453693
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Reads at times like a grand historical drama . . . complete with romance and adventure and tragic characters; a thrilling survey of what we might have thought to be familiar history but which appears here quite transformed.”
Times Literary Supplement

“Excellent . . . [Hayward] acknowledges Mr. Reagan’s sunny personality and ease in public, but he dismisses these as significant factors in his election. What mattered was Mr. Reagan’s unflinching conservatism and strong character, coupled with liberalism’s failures.”
Wall Street Journal

“Grand and fascinating history . . . goes far toward making the definitive historical case for Reagan’s greatness.”
National Review

About the Author

Steven F. Hayward is a recognized authority on both Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill, having written The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964–1980, and Churchill on Leadership. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the San Francisco Chronicle, National Review, Reason, and Policy Review, among other publications. A Ph.D. in American studies, he is F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Senior Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. Hayward is currently at work on The Age of Reagan: Lion at the Gate, 1980–1989, to be published by Crown Forum in 2006. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and California.

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The book is well researched and balanced.
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You do not have to agree with it, but the sources are excellent and the explanations clear.
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For this reason reading this work is highly informative.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Desmond on October 5, 2009
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Hayward's meticulously researched study of the "Reagan Era", actually starting with 1964 and running through 1989 in the 2nd volume is a beautiful piece of historical work. He points out many little-known events that liberal historians simply choose to leave out (rather than attempt to answer) but shows all the warts as well. Very readable. One only hopes that he intends to keep writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Penny C. Harger on February 26, 2011
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This is one of a two part history of the Reagan era. This is history as it happened and tells the story of this extraordinary President. It almost is wistful to read bc this kind of man is not easily replaced and bc no one like him will or has come along since. I highly recommend these books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Spengler on March 18, 2011
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This is an excellent introduction to the Reagan era, starting with the decline of Democratic hegemony during the 1960's and 1970's. The book is well researched and balanced. Although Haywood writes from a conservative perspective, he tries hard to be even handed in discussing the liberal Democrats and moderate Republicans with whom he disagrees.

In accounting for the Democrats' loss of public support during the 1960's and 1970's, Haywood says a lot about the rising crime rates of that era and the Democrats' tendency to take positions that were insenstivie to the public's concerns about violent crime. Surprisingly, he says very little about mandatory school busing. Having lived through that era, I don't think there was any Democratic program that offended the public more that the use of school busing to achieve "racial balance." Most white parents and nearly half the black parents opposed it. Whites especially, saw busing as a threat to their children's education and safety and as the ultimate example of arrogant, overreaching government and an out-of-control federal judiciary. Readers interested in just how ill-founded the program was, and the damage it caused, may want to read Raymond Wolters's book, Race and Education, 1954-2007. Wolters is a specialist in African American history at the University of Delaware.

Overall, I think Hayward's first volume, which deals with Democratic decline and the rise of Reagan, is a better book than Volume II, which deals with the Reagan administration. I will write a separate review for that volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hageman on July 1, 2012
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Found the book absolutely fascinating, and at the same time, depressing. Born in 1950, this touches on many themes that had tremendous impact on my life. From the social programs/unrest, to the Vietnam War and all of its tragedies, the veil was lifted from great amounts of disinformation that the traditional 'historians' have told. Hayward's book evokes some nostalgia, mixed with anger, at the hubris of folks who have been elected to lead our country and their petty and arrogant minions, who put politics and ego above the well-being and safety of American lives.
A wonderfully written expose on a very tumultuous period in America's history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Roberts on October 15, 2013
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This book deals with the decade and a half that allowed Reagan to rise from movie star to president. It talks about the economic, social and political issues of the day including things such as Vietnam and Watergate. The book definitely has a conservative bias to it but that is more of a strength than a weakness. It gives the reader the conservative view of history for this period. You do not have to agree with it, but the sources are excellent and the explanations clear. Great read.
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