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in 2009, The Age of Reagan The Conservative Counterrevolution 1980 1989 is the second book in a two volume series authored by Steven Hayward Currently a senior resident scholar at UC Berkeley, Hayward was previously a Fellow at Ashland University s Ashbrook Center and a Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University He is the author of six books including Greatness Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordina in 2009, The Age of Reagan The Conservative Counterrevolution 1980 1989 is the second book in a two volume series authored by Steven Hayward Currently a senior resident scholar at UC Berkeley, Hayward was previously a Fellow at Ashland University s Ashbrook Center and a Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University He is the author of six books including Greatness Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders Unlike its predecessor volume which devoted most of its time to the Age of Reagan rather than the man himself this 639 page book can unquestionably be characterized as a biography of the 40th president To bespecific, it is a comprehensive and detailed examination of Reagan s presidency within the political, economic and social context of the 1980s.Hayward quickly confesses his pro Reagan sympathies but this does not prevent him from criticizing Reagan for his most obvious failures at least from a conservative s perspective for allowing the federal bureaucracy and budget deficit to grow untamed, for asserting that tax cuts would pay for themselves, and for his contributions to the Iran Contra scandal But despite these occasionally harsh appraisals, the overall merit and majesty of Reagan s presidency is unquestioned.The Strategic Defense Initiative is covered extensively and well and the examination of Reagan s relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev is quite good The chapter reviewing Reagan s 1984 re election including Walter Mondale s fight to capture the Democratic nomination is fascinating And the portrayal of other characters, such as Ted Kennedy and Tip O Neill, is entertaining if a bit satirical at times.Hayward also does an admirable job injecting the cultural and political trends of Reagan s era into the narrative And the Iran Contra scandal, which is almost always a tedious topic when discussed in any detail, is comparatively well explained here.Readers hoping to see Reagan away from politics, however, will be disappointed And even those with a penchant for politics will find that many policy discussions prove so thorough they take on a wonky feel The narrative dives quite deeply into certain topics monetary policy and arms control, for instance and in these cases it is easy to lose sight of the big picture Hayward s writing style is thoughtful, articulate and can be extremely clever But this book can also feel as though it was written by an astute, and sometimes oddly defensive, partisan who forgets there are two sides to every coin And there is no trace whatsoever of the periodically unprepared, disengaged or aloof Ronald Reagan who is found in other biographies Hayward s Reagan is sure footed, determined and always engaged.Overall, Steven Hayward s The Age of Reagan The Conservative Counterrevolution is a detailed and thoughtful guide to the Reagan presidency from an undeniably right leaning perspective Because it almost entirely misses his private life, this book is not satisfactory as a personal biography But as a political biography, providing a thorough review of Ronald Reagan s two terms in office, it can be quite good.Overall rating 3 stars 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. 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 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 heavily on contemporaneous media sources often revealing the less than prescient nature of such sources The chapters in Part II of the book on the Reykjavik summit and the Iran Contra matter are particularly riveting and hard to put down If you enjoy 1980s political, U.S., and Cold War history, you will enjoy this book 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 asmoderate 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 beendiscussion on his domestic agenda In all, a required read for anyone wanting to understand Reagan and the politics of America 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 asmoderate 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 beendiscussion on his domestic agenda In all, a required read for anyone wanting to understand Reagan and the politics of America in the 80s [ Read E-pub ] ♋ The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989 ♗ 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 , Hero It was a word most Americans weren t using much inAs they waited on gas and unemployment lines, as their enemies abroad grew ever aggressive, and as one after another their leaders failed them, Americans began to believe the country s greatness was fadingYet within two years the recession and gas shortage were over Before the decade was out, the Cold War was won, the Berlin Wall came crashing down, and America was once at the height of prosperity And the nation had a new hero Ronald Wilson ReaganReagan s greatness is today widely acknowledged, but his legacy is still misunderstood Democrats accept the effectiveness of his foreign policy but ignore the success of his domestic programs Republicans cheer his victories over liberalism while ignoring his bitter battles with his own party s establishment historians speak of his eloquence and charisma but gloss over his brilliance in policy and clarity of vision From Steven F Hayward, the critically acclaimed author of The Age of Reagan The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, comes the first complete, true story of this misunderstood, controversial, and deeply consequential presidency Hayward pierces the myths and media narratives, masterfully documenting exactly what transpired behind the scenes during Reagan s landmark presidency and revealing his real legacy What emerges is a compelling portrait of a man who arrived in office after thirty years of practical schooling in the ways of politics and power, possessing a clear vision of where he wanted to take the nation and a willingness to take firm charge of his own administration His relentless drive to shrink government and lift the burdens of high taxation was born of a deep appreciation for the grander blessings of liberty And it was this same outlook, extended to the world s politically and economically enslaved nations, that shaped his foreign policy and lent his statecraft its great unifying powerOver a decade in the making, and filled with fresh revelations, surprising insights, and an unerring eye for the telling detail, this provocative and authoritative book recalls a time when true leadership inspired a fallen nation to pick itself up, hold its head high, and take up the cause of freedom once again From the Hardcover edition 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. A detailed and reliable narrative of the major events of the Reagan presidency their characters, their outcomes, and their impacts More notably a political biography than a personal one, it is a vivid array of detailed passages worthy for a curious reader s mind It definitively ties in aspects of the decade to the larger narrative of American Political history that preceded and followed it. 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. 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. 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.