The Man Who Sold the World

The Man Who Sold the World

Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America

Book - 2009
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Since Ronald Reagan left office--and particularly after his death--his shadow has loomed large over American politics: Republicans and many Democrats have waxed nostalgic, extolling the Republican tradition he embodied, the optimism he espoused, and his abilities as a communicator.

This carefully calibrated image is complete fiction, argues award-winning journalist William Kleinknecht. The Reagan presidency was epoch shattering, but not--as his propagandists would have it--because it invigorated private enterprise or made America feel strong again. His real legacy was the dismantling of an eight-decade period of reform in which working people were given an unprecedented sway over our politics, our economy, and our culture. Reagan halted this almost overnight.

In the tradition of Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas? , Kleinknecht explores middle America--starting with Reagan's hometown of Dixon, Illinois--and shows that as the Reagan legend grows, his true legacy continues to decimate middle America.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9781568584102
Characteristics: xxvii, 317 p. ; 25 cm.

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ecrl Oct 14, 2015

As Reagan said once: "The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so!" And this book if proof he was right!

LRS1969 Oct 12, 2015

This book hits the nail square in the head.

Conservatives are going to hate this book... because it IS factual!

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springbank
Nov 02, 2013

Zogkarndon - I sure do. Tried to warn people of this man since I had to live with him in California

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zogkarndon
Oct 31, 2013

Wow, it's like nobody remembers the '70s.

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StarGladiator
Oct 31, 2013

"mergers, deregulation, tax cuts for the wealthy, privatization, globalization," and the delegitimization of the American government, sums up and outstanding book by William Kleinknecht, a crime journalist who is in his element when writing of Ronald Reagan. (Important to understand Reagan's Executive Order #12615, establishing the Office of Privatization within the OMB, leading to the present situation where the most important intelligence management element is Booz Allen, owned by private equity/leveraged buyout firm, Carlyle Group, and what is currently happening in the news on the NSA.)

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