The Right Moment: Ronald Reagans First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics

Paperback | March 15, 2004

byMatthew Dallek

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Ronald Reagan's first great victory in the 1966 California governor's race is one of the pivotal stories of American political history, a victory that seemed to come from nowhere and has long since confounded his critics. Just four years earlier Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown was celebrated asthe "Giant Killer" for his 1962 victory over Richard Nixon, and his liberal agenda reigned supreme. Yet in 1966 political neophyte Reagan trounced Brown by almost one million votes, marking not only the coming-of-age of Reagan's new conservatism but also the first serious blow to modern liberalism.Drawing on scores of oral histories, thousands of archival documents, and personal interviews with participants, Dallek offers a gripping new portrait of the 1960s that is far more complicated than our collective memory of that decade.

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Ronald Reagan's first great victory in the 1966 California governor's race is one of the pivotal stories of American political history, a victory that seemed to come from nowhere and has long since confounded his critics. Just four years earlier Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown was celebrated asthe "Giant Killer" for his 1962 victory over R...

Matthew Dallek, a former speechwriter for Richard A. Gephardt, earned his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University in 1999. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly , The New Republic, and other national publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.14 × 9.21 × 0.83 inPublished:March 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"A refreshing and well-written book, and it tells a good story. Dallek shows Reagan not as an empty-headed actor memorizing lines, but as an intensely serious right wing ideologue, and a gifted proponent of his views. "--The Washington Monthly