Reagan: The Man and His Presidency
Reagan: The Man and His Presidency
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Title: Reagan: The Man and His Presidency
ISBN10: 0395771935
ISBN13: 978-0395771938
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Pages: 622 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; First Edition edition (June 30, 1998)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1605 kb
Size epub: 1319 kb
Rating: 3.9 ✪
Votes: 451
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People

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The Islamic revolution. The Star Wars initiative. The Achille Lauro hijacking. The rise of the Moral Majority. The bombing of Libya. The Reykjavik summit. The hostages in Lebanon. The funding of the contras. These are some of the major news stories of the American 1980s, all of them part of an overarching story, the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the man whose character and conservative ideology defined the decade. Now these stories are told by the men and women who lived them in an unprecedented oral history of the era, from Reagan's first run on Washington in 1976 to his legacy today. Deborah and Gerald Strober have interviewed more than one hundred key players of the Reagan years, not only the president's closest friends and advisers but also some of his most vocal detractors. The testimony of these witnesses -- always candid and detailed and sometimes contradictory -- is woven into a single rich narrative, at once a chronicle of national and international politics of the period and a fascinating composite portrait of the man at the center of events. No other book takes us farther inside the Reagan White House or brings us closer to Reagan himself. Here are the members of the president's inner circle -- James Baker, Michael Deaver, Edwin Meese, and Don Regan -- speaking frankly about their influence on his political decision-making, and about Nancy Reagan's far greater influence. Here are leaders of the contras and the Sandinistas, of Israel and its adversaries, examining Reagan's policies in Central America and the Middle East. Here are C. Everett Koop on Reagan's attitude toward AIDS, Jerry Falwell on his fear of Armageddon, and Manuel Noriega on his use and abuse of Panama. And here, in a tour de force of research and reporting, is the most complete account yet of the U.S. invasion of Grenada, in the words of all the key politicians, strategists, and military personnel on both sides of the incident. The final years of the Reagan presidency were dominated by Iran-contra, and the Strobers' reconstruction of the scandal is masterly. The intricate web of events, from the first arms-for-hostages deal to the special investigation and its political aftermath, is traced clearly by those who wove it -- the arms brokers, the CIA, Oliver North, Fawn Hall, Lawrence Walsh, even the hostages themselves. "How do the Strobers do it?" asks Sidney Zion. "They manage to talk to all the untouchables . . . and the result is terrific -- history on the hoof." Reagan: The Man and His Presidency is oral history at its best -- an immediate and important historical document that brings the makers of history alive in their own voices.