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Ronald Reagan Fate, Freedom and the Making of History

ISBN-10: 0393330923
ISBN-13: 9780393330922
Edition: 2008
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Description: An important reassessment of the fortieth president, placing him in the pantheon with Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. In this bold, revisionist biography, distinguished historian John Patrick Diggins shows that Ronald Reagan, in his  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

An important reassessment of the fortieth president, placing him in the pantheon with Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. In this bold, revisionist biography, distinguished historian John Patrick Diggins shows that Ronald Reagan, in his distrust of big government, his pursuit of libertarian ideals, and his negotiations with Gorbachev, was a far more active and sophisticated president than we previously knew. Affirming the fortieth president to be an exemplar of the truest conservative values, Diggins "identifies Reagan as the 'Emersonian President,' who believed that power is best when it resides in people, not government" (Library Journal). 13 photographs.

John Patrick Diggins: April 1, 1935 - January 28, 2009 John Patrick Diggins was born in San Francisco on April 1, 1935. He was a professor of history at the City University of New York Graduate Center, the author of more than a dozen books on widely varied subjects in American intellectual history. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1957, a master's degree at San Francisco State College, and a doctorate at the University of Southern California in 1964. Before accepting a job at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1990, he taught intellectual history at San Francisco State College and the University of California, Irvine. Diggins wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Mussolini and Fascism (1972), On Hallowed Ground (2000), Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire under Democracy (2007), and Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom and the Making of History (2007). He died due to complications of colon cancer on January 28, 2009 at the age of 73.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Political Romantic
From Huck Finn to Film Star
To Repent or Not to Repent: The Communist Controversy in Hollywood
Governor Reagan: The Golden State
A Reagan Revolution, or the End of Ideology?
Neoconservative Intellectuals and the Cold War
Into the Heart of Darkness: The Reagan Doctrine and the Third World
History as Tragedy, History as Farce
Politics, Economy, Society
From Deterrence to Dialogue: How the Cold War Ended
The Homeric Conclusion
A Coda: Slavery and Communism: Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan
Abbreviations for References
Notes
Bibliographical Note
Photograph Credits
Index

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