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Liberty Under Siege: American Politics 1976-1988
by Walter Karp
Liberty Under Siege is an extraordinary book. Here, finally, is a reveille for reality, a call to stop this long intoxication with illusion and look at what has been happening to our republic. Walter Karp combines the passion of Tom Paine with the urgency of Paul Revere to sound a patriot's alarm for his country.
Paperback, 261 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Franklin Square Press
(first published 1988)
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This book, published in the late 1980s, is a polemical analysis from the left of the causes of the political and policy failures of the Carter Administration and successes of the Reagan Administration and their deleterious effects on the country's post-Watergate popular political awakening. Carp's central thesis is that entrenched Democratic leaders in Congress (most notably Sen. Byrd and Rep. O'Neill) actively worked to sabotage Carter and strengthen Reagan. I found the overarching narrative ...more
Having been born in 1976 I lived through the Carter and Reagan eras without having a clear sense of what their presidencies meant. This book, which is more of a polemic than a history, helped me understand both me understand the politics of this twelve-year span and especially shed light on the destruction of the Carter presidency by the Democratic speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill.