Guns, heroes and villains - a snapshot of Reagan's US
A 1987 road trip across America revealed a country riven by fault lines - the same ones that today mark out Trumpland
Thirty years ago, in the summer of 1987, a friend and I journeyed across Reagan's America. In many ways, the country then was as divided as Trumpland is today.
At the time, Colonel Oliver North was on the stand over the Iran/Contra affair. To the right-wingers, he was a true American hero - "the nearest thing to John Wayne on this earth". To the left, he was a liar, diverting arms sales to a fascist army in Nicaragua. We shot magnum 44s with middle-aged right-wingers in the hills of California, who swore that Russia was the empire of evil. America was a very restrained country, helping other smaller countries develop.
Ronald Reagan was not a clever man - he was rather stupid - but he had set a great mood throughout the country. He was a people's president. Everyone knew he was dumb, but accepted it. They liked the fact that he looked after the rich, as why should they give poor people money?