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Reagan's Comeback: Four Weeks in Texas That Changed American Politics Forever

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Never before has the story been told of the dramatic turning point when Ronald Reagan found his voice as a presidential contender and overcame the Republican establishment. Reagan's Comeback is the story of how one state, one man, and one month changed national politics forever. Chronicling how Reagan’s political career nearly ended, this turnabout story is told by those w ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Trinity University Press
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I thought that this was an excellent book. The book detailed the events during the 1976 presidential campaign in which Ronald Reagan made a monumental comeback only to lose the republican party's nomination for the presidency to Gerald Ford. The book talks about the campaigns that took place in North Carolina and Texas two states that fueled the comeback for the overall campaign. The book also talks about the impact the campaign had on Reagan's successful 1980 campaign for the Presidency. Not on ...more
Zach Vaughn
Gilbert Garcia’s "Reagan’s Comeback: Four Weeks in Texas that Changed American Politics Forever" is a highly enjoyable read that captures essence of the Republican Presidential primary in Texas in 1976 between Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. Having read John Knaggs "Two Party Texas" and Sean Cunningham’s "Cowboy Conservatism," which both talk about Reagan’s entry into the world of Texas politics and how that world aided his rise to the Presidency, I had to buy this book when I found it at Book Pe ...more
Possibly the most fascinating campaign book I've ever read. It helps that the players involved are people very familiar to conservatives in Texas, especially ones who served with the Young Conservatives of Texas, but it's still interesting in its connect-the-dots, truncated-for-space retelling of the rise of the Republican Party in Texas. It's about Reagan's campaign, but it's also about the GOP, and it touches on a lot of themes that resonate even today (and offers explanations for some of the ...more
TJ Mayes
Gilbert does an excellent job examining the 1976 GOP primary in Texas and its effect on modern national and state Republican politics. The interviews and character examinations are particularly interesting.
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