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The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989

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“Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.”
–President Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981

Hero. It was a word most Americans weren’t using much in 1980. As they waited on gas and unemployment lines, as their enemies abroad grew ever more aggressive, and as one after another their leaders failed them, Americans began to bel
Paperback, 768 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2009)
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Chad Lamb
Great conservative-leaning analysis of Reagan's presidency. I wish Hayward would have stuck to a narrative throughout, but sometimes he drops the ball, for instance, cutting off Reagan's final address and departure from the White House. I loved the discussion on Oliver North's testimony during the Iran-Contra hearings. Honest criticisms on Reagan's achievements and failings, despite the clear bias toward the Great Communicator. Recommended.
Jun 13, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Hayward's book covering the years 1964-1980. It is, like the first book, excellent political history and a fun read. It picks up following Reagan's 1980 election and concludes with the 1988 presidential election, with an epilogue on the fall of eastern European communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Hayward writes from a conservative viewpoint, which leads him to be both laudatory and critical of Reagan and his administration depending on the context. Hayward draws ...more
Joe Keene
This book is a good read on Reagan's presidency. The author really portrays Reagan in a positive light and I too now see Reagan as more moderate than present day conservatives try to paint him. My one complaint is that the book seems to focus heavily to Reagan's foreign policy, which is to be expected with the Cold War and all, but I feel that there could have been more discussion on his domestic agenda. In all, a required read for anyone wanting to understand Reagan and the politics of America ...more
Bill Peacock
Sep 25, 2011 Bill Peacock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After having already finished Hayward's first book on Reagan (his pre-presidential years in politics), this second volume confirms that Hayward is so far the best biographer of Ronald Reagan. If you want to understand Reagan and his brand of conservatism--which along with William F. Buckley, Jr.'s were the cornerstones of of modern conservatism, you need to read these two books by Hayward.
David R.
Dec 21, 2010 David R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A massive study (and the companion of a work covering the 1960s and 1970s) with noteworthy attention to the primary foreign policy arenas (Russia, Central America.) The work is arranged chronologically which sometimes gets in the way of the themes laid down by Hayward. Not as insightful about the president's thinking and character, but useful as a reference to the administration.
Nov 29, 2010 Elizabeth is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poli-book-club
Our house is in a new political/current events book club, and Noah picked this one as the first book. Sheesh. Noah chose it so that he can better understand the enemy. It is super long as a book club book, and I need to go ahead and get my own copy because reading along behind him is not going to work. The author is a Reagan fan.

But its pretty readable.
Jeff Hall
Jun 10, 2013 Jeff Hall rated it it was amazing
This is a great book and I would highly recommend to everyone. The author is both critical and complimentary of Reagan and provides many interesting antidotes involving prominent figures of the decade to paint the entire canvas of the decade. Great read and I will pick up more from this author
Heather Vinson
A whopper of a 650 page propaganda machine for the Reagan years. Hayward goes into immense detail to recall what everyone in the room was saying, except for the opposition.
Joel Manuel
Mar 24, 2014 Joel Manuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent overview of Reagan's two terms in office. It has 650 pages of text, but flows rather quickly due to Hayward's writing style. It is admittedly pro-Republican in stance, but Hayward doesn't shy away from exposing Reagan's faults and failures.
Jul 02, 2010 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, history
Really good chronicle of the Reagan Administration, I would think it would stand as the definitive treatment of the Reagan presidency for some time, at least from the conservative perspective.
Joseph Serwach
Jan 04, 2010 Joseph Serwach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive and all encompassing look at 1980-1989, a worthy successor to Part 1, which looked at 1964-1980. Probably the definitive books on Reagan.
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“The friction began at this first meeting. O’Neill was not initially impressed with Reagan and said to him, “You’ve been a governor of a state, but a governor plays in the minor leagues. You’re in the big leagues now.” (O’Neill had said the same thing to Jimmy Carter four years before.) Reagan replied, “Oh, you know, no problem there.” Despite the genial response, O’Neill’s comment represented the very kind of Washington haughtiness that set Reagan’s teeth on edge. Aides to the president-elect were incensed.” 1 likes
“Democrats would back larger domestic spending cuts if Reagan would cut in half the third year of the income tax cut. “You can get me to crap a pineapple,” Reagan replied, “but you can’t get me to crap a cactus.” 0 likes
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