The Reagan Era: A History of the 1980s

Paperback | December 6, 2016

byDoug Rossinow

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In this concise yet thorough history of America in the 1980s, Doug Rossinow takes the full measure of Ronald Reagan's presidency and the ideology of Reaganism. Believers in libertarian economics and a muscular foreign policy, Reaganite conservatives in the 1980s achieved impressive success in their efforts to transform American government, politics, and society, ushering in the political and social system Americans inhabit today.

Rossinow links current trends in economic inequality to the policies and social developments of the Reagan era. He reckons with the racial politics of Reaganism and its debt to the backlash generated by the civil rights movement, as well as Reaganism's entanglement with the politics of crime and the rise of mass incarceration. Rossinow narrates the conflicts that rocked U.S. foreign policy toward Central America, and he explains the role of the recession during the early 1980s in the decline of manufacturing and the growth of a service economy.

From the widening gender gap to the triumph of yuppies and rap music, from Reagan's tax cuts and military buildup to the celebrity of Michael Jackson and Madonna, from the era's Wall Street scandals to the successes of Bill Gates and Sam Walton, from the first "war on terror" to the end of the Cold War and the brink of America's first war with Iraq, this history, lively and readable yet sober and unsparing, gives readers vital perspective on a decade that dramatically altered the American landscape.

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In this concise yet thorough history of America in the 1980s, Doug Rossinow takes the full measure of Ronald Reagan's presidency and the ideology of Reaganism. Believers in libertarian economics and a muscular foreign policy, Reaganite conservatives in the 1980s achieved impressive success in their efforts to transform American govern...

Doug Rossinow, professor of history at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the author of numerous works, including Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo and is past president of the Peace History Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 6, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231169892

ISBN - 13:9780231169899

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Common Sense1. The Time Is Now2. The Agenda3. Victory on Capitol Hill4. An Aggressive Foreign Policy5. The Purge6. 1983: The World at the Brink7. The High Eighties8. Days of Fear9. The Winner10. Arms and the Man11. The Crisis12. Strength Through Peace13. The Election of Willie Horton14. The Free World15. Top of the HeapNotesIndex

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Exhaustively researched, yet candidly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Reagan Era: A History of the 1980's is a choice pick for public and college library American History shelves.