Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future

Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future

Nearly two decades after leaving office and four years after his death, the legend of Ronald Reagan looms larger than ever over America's political life. Nowhere has that been more evident than in the 2008 presidential campaign, with Republicans - especially presumptive nominee John McCain - appearing to run more aggressively for the Reagan mantle than for the White House itself, and with even Democrats debating how to add some Reagan lustre to their progressive platform. It will build upon existing volume of works about the Reagan presidency, more contemporary news accounts and the work of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, with interviews with key Reagan scholars and contemporaries, to produce a narrative arc that breaks down the key myths about Reagan and his record, the intentional creation of these myths in the 1990s and 2000s and their role in 21st Century politics, including the Bush presidency, the 2008 election, and beyond

Title:Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781416597629
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    Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future Reviews

  • David Rush

    The book starts with a description of the Cult of personality as applied to Reaganstep 1: Eliminate any negative reference, such as Iran Contrastep 2: Award credit where it is not due: Cold War was Re...

  • Bob

    I enjoyed this book though I have to admit I was surprised by its even-handedness. Reagan had some unexpected successes for which he actually fails to get acknowledgement (forays towards the political...

  • Richard

    Will Bunch takes on the myths that have been attached to the memory of Ronald Reagan, since he left office in 1989, by a group of conservatives led by Grover Norquist. No doubt there are many who call...

  • Ben

    A disturbing and perplexing trend in American politics is for Republican pundits and politicians to evoke a hagiographic portrayal of the ultra-conservative and unyielding Ronald Reagan, usually as ju...

  • Jeremy

    A very interesting analysis of the Reagan legacy, especially of the irony of how Reagan's real achievement as president is overlooked (reduction of the world's nuclear arms) while he's given credit fo...

  • Jay Roberts, CFP®, CRPC ®

    A fair and honest work about the man who’s direction is responsible for current predicaments. Mythologized as a tax cutting, small government man with deeply religious and conservative ideals, Reaga...

  • Colleen Browne

    A balanced look at the Reagan Presidency and its perceived and real impact on the country. In addition to setting the record straight on many of the things for which Reagan is given credit ie- ending ...

  • Ames Grawert

    Reagan raised taxes!? SOCIALIST!...

  • Rylee

    It was an excellent read. It showed where the modern day GOP has changed our views on President Reagan and has given him undue credit. Will Bunch does a wonder expose of the true Reagan days. ...

  • Becky Herrera

    Really good book on Ronald Reagan's presidency. It is actually pretty unbiased despite the title. The right wing conservative movement has put Reagan on a pedestal in that he did no wrong in his presi...