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Reckoning with Reagan: America and Its President in the 1980s

Michael Schaller


A professor of history offers an illuminating look at Reaganism as an American phenomenon. The author shows how Reagan created an illusion of national prosperity and global power when these were in fact declining. He examines Reaganomics, the rise of political Christianity, the war on drugs, relations with the Soviet Union, and more. At the height of Ronald Reagan's popularity in July 1986, Time magazine wrote glowingly of how he had “found America's sweet spot”. Reagan seemed a “magician who carries a bright, ideal America like a holograph in his mind and projects its image in the air”. Not s ... More

Keywords: Ronald Reagan, Reaganism, national prosperity, global power, Reaganomics, political Christianity, drugs, Soviet Union, Kennedy, recession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195090499
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Schaller, author
University of Arizona