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Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Cultural Editions Series) First Edition Edition

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'Meg Jacobs and Julian Zelizer have brought together a wide-ranging and impressive set of documents dealing with the 'Reagan Revolution.' They offer a fascinating and compulsively readable introduction to a key moment in recent American history, one that will provoke students to reflect more deeply about the important connections between the past and the present.' - Jason Scott Smith, University of New Mexico

About the Author

MEG JACOBS (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is an associate professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she specializes in twentieth-century American political history. Her first book, Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (2005) won the Organization of American Historian's Ellis W. Hawley prize for the best book on political economy, politics, and institutions of the modern United States, as well as the New England History Association's Best Book Award. With William J. Novak and Julian E. Zelizer, she is also a coeditor of The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History (2003).

JULIAN E. ZELIZER (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. His book, Taxing America: Wilbur D.  Mills, Congress and the State, 1945-1975 (1998) won the Organization of American Historian's Ellis W. Hawley prize for the best book on political economy, politics, and institutions of the modern United States and the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation's D.B. Hardeman Prize for Best Publication on Congress. Zelizer is also the author of On Capitol Hill: The Struggle  to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948-2000 (2004) and Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National  Security--From World War II to the War on Terrorism (2010). With William J. Novak and Meg Jacobs, he is also a coeditor of The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History (2003).
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Product Details

  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; First Edition edition (September 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312488319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312488314
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The notes were helpful in understanding the path the neoconservatives laid out for gaining power. It was successful, and the documents speak wonders about the strategy used to unseat everyone in their way. I wish there had been a little more commentary.
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This is a very interesting compilation of documents formulating the conservative movement in the early stages. Very helpful for my my interests.
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Excellent source of information on the 1980s and its impact on American government.
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insightful book about the inner politics during Reagan adm. I think what john Anderson said if you increase defense spending ,lower taxes and try to balance the budget at the same time .impossible. also what lee Atwater said in a speech was pertinent about gender gap in the republican party and still is. another intriguing fact was Robert bork and why he was rejected as a supreme ct,bork put his allegiance to a corrupt president not the constitution
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I used this book as a History class resource. Includes primary sources and its not literature or a nice reading for a non Academic person.

The book is all about Reagan including some of his personal life but not too much about politics.

It's OK for the classroom but NOT for a casual reader.
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