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Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 - the Reaganite roots of America's polarisation

US politics: Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980

Rick Perlstein

Simon & Schuster, 1,107 pages, hardcover €29.60

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Telegenic charisma: Ronald Reagan

Telegenic charisma: Ronald Reagan

Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980

Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980

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Telegenic charisma: Ronald Reagan

US Republicans hit rock bottom in 1964. Lyndon Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater by a record vote margin and, after ceding 36 House seats, the GOP was outnumbered two-to-one in both chambers of Congress.

In three previous volumes, noted historian Rick Perlstein portrayed this epoch as the zenith of a liberal consensus and the origin of the conservative movement that came to dominate American politics. Starting in 1968, Republicans won eight of 13 presidential elections, controlled Congress for protracted intervals after spending most of the preceding four decades in the minority and appointed 15 of 19 Supreme Court justices. Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 concludes Perlstein's authoritative and engaging series with Reagan capturing the White House.


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