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The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed

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Political Studies, American Studies
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published May 1986 by Harper & Row (first published January 1st 1986)
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Steven Peterson
I don't know about others, but I do enjoy well written "insider" accounts of what happens in politics is intelligently and honestly done. Indeed, I have sometimes thought of developing a political science class where such works would serve as textbooks. If I ever had the courage tyo follow through, this would be on the short list. Stockman was one of President Reagan's top person on his economic team. And, over time, he began to raise questions about economic policy. This book ios his reflection ...more
Bimbo
Rarely would I suggest to start reading a book at the back end, but I do not hesitate to do so with this one. It is in the last two chapters (Epilogue: The Triumph of Politics, Appendix: The Fiscal Facts) that Stockman succintly tells the crux of this 450 page tome about the $1 trillion fiscal calamity of the Reagan era.

Those readers who would then be intrigued to learn minutiae of dealings of the White House with its cabinet and the Congress during the first five years of the "Reagan revolution
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Chuck Russo
I loved this book. A gripping and fascinating insider's account of the battles surrounding the early Reagan budgets, by the architect of those budgets. I read this many years ago, and it changed forever my perceptions and understanding of the federal budget process. Very interesting book.
Jluisr
Independientemente de los planteamientos políticos y económicos del autor y de aquéllos a quien sirvió, el libro es muy interesante.
Nos cuenta los errores de cálculo, los choques frontales, las manipulaciones secretas y los contubernios que condujeron al fracaso de la Revolución reaganiana, que produjo un déficit apabullante de un billón de dólares en vez del presupuesto equilibrado que el presidente había prometido al electorado...
Incluso los miembros del Congreso favorables a la reducción del
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Nathan Tensen
To read a summary of The Triumph of Politics is to think you're reading an argument for why you should skip it and find another book. It is, after all, about David Stockman-President Reagan's Budget Director-trying to cut spending in Washington and put together a budget. Literally, that's what it's about. Budgets, graphs, special interests competing--hardly riveting material. And yet what Stockman found when he was plucked out the House of Representatives to work in the Reagan administration was ...more
Frances Padilla
I like this one better than his new one. It's had a better combination of narrative but also concise points.


David
Just started reading (page 67 out of 394) but it is entertaining reading by David Stockman, Reagan's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, who with Jack Kemp and Arthur Laffer (remember the Laffer curve written on a napkin?) created the supply side emphasis of the Reagan administration. From the beginning he implies that Reagan was basically a likeable guy but an empty suit who had to be educated intensely to understand Stockman's ideas and ultimately abandoned the total concept becau ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Dec 01, 2008 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides marked it as maybe-read-sometime
This was in the free books bin ... the guy is clearly clever, but honestly, I don't know enough about the hidden dynamics of the Reagan administration to gauge the veracity of his account. (And I'm not sure that I want to.)

He mentions having written a paper tracing conservative philosophers back to early liberal thinkers ... which intrigues me, because I've always felt a sense of interconnection there that I haven't been able to articulate.
Daniel
This book should be on the reading list of everyone really interested in politics, either in the 80s or now. Stockman really takes us through how the ideologues just pulled the numbers out of the air and their decisions exploded the deficit in the 80s. I had never realized that even as late as the early 80s (and maybe now) how the conservative movement fundamentally wanted to undo the reforms of the 1930s and 1960s.
James
While this book had its boring and difficult to understand sections, it proved to be an informative read. The author was both brutally honest and earnest in mapping out his own and Ronald Reagan's failure to implement the economic and fiscal policies promised by his campaign.
Bill
There are a lot of things to find captivating about this book. What strikes me most of all is that the "Reagan Revolution" was a total bust from the start and that these are still some of the same arguments we're having today. I think everybody interested in politics needs to revisit this book ASAP.
Evan
Excellent. Written by Reagan's OMB director and one of the guys who came up with supply side economics.
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David Alan Stockman is a former U.S. politician and businessman, serving as a Republican U.S. Representative from the state of Michigan (1977–1981) and as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1981–1985).
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