The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction [#218]
The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction [#218]


  • Balanced political analysis of the Reagan presidency.
  • Assesses Reagan Revolution in its own times, as well as the post-New Deal political structure and its after-effects.
  • Considers the impact of Reagan's legacy on subsequent presidents and elections.
  • A brilliant, compact introduction to the most significant—and controversial—political movement in the last thirty years

"They called it the Reagan revolution," Ronald Reagan noted in his Farewell Address. "Well, I'll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense." 
Nearly two decades after that 1989 speech, debate continues to rage over just how revolutionary those Reagan years were. The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introductionidentifies and tackles some of the controversies and historical mysteries that continue to swirl around Reagan and his legacy, while providing an illuminating look at some of the era's defining personalities, ideas, and accomplishments. Gil Troy, a well-known historian who is a frequent commentator on contemporary politics, sheds much light on the phenomenon known as the Reagan Revolution, situating the reception of Reagan's actions within the contemporary liberal and conservative political scene. While most conservatives refuse to countenance any criticism of their hero, an articulate minority laments that he did not go far enough. And while some liberals continue to mourn just how far he went in changing America, others continue to mock him as a disengaged, do-nothing dunce. Nevertheless, as Troy shows, two and a half decades after Reagan's 1981 inauguration, his legacy continues to shape American politics, diplomacy, culture, and economics. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush modeled much of their presidential leadership styles on Reagan's example, while many of the debates of the '80s about the budget, tax cutting, defense-spending, and American values still  rage. 
Love him or hate him, Ronald Reagan remains the most influential president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, and one of the most controversial. This marvelous book places the Reagan Revolution in the broader context of postwar politics, highlighting the legacies of these years on subsequent presidents and on American life today.


List of Illustrations

1. Was Reagan a Dummy?
2. Do Americans Like their Government Big—or Small?
3. Was there a Call for a Reagan Revolution (or What happened to the Great Society)?
4. Was there, in Fact, a Reagan Revolution?
5. Did the Democrats Fiddle as the Reaganauts Conquered Washington?
6. Who ended the Cold War— Reagan or Gorbachev?
7. Did the Reagan Revolution Succeed or Fail?
8. When did the Reagan Revolution End?
Further Reading


Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University and a Visiting Scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. A frequent media commentator, his writings have appeared in the Washington Post, Newsday, the New York Times Book Review, the National Post, and other publications. He is the author of Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s and Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents.

"In this brief account, Gil Troy captures Ronald Reagan in all his complexity, neatly reconciling the surface contradictions within both his public and private personas. A shrewd and readable analysis of the man and his administration, this is a triumph of interpretive scholarship."-- Alonzo L. Hamby, author of Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman

"Very useful for the casual reader as well as highly flexible for classroom use. It's hard to imagine another book serving such a function any better than this...Remarkable." -- History News Network


ISBN : 9780195317107

Gil Troy
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111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction [#218]

The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction [#218]

The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction [#218]