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The Resource Landslide : LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the dawn of a new America, Jonathan Darman

Landslide : LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the dawn of a new America, Jonathan Darman

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Landslide : LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the dawn of a new America
Title
Landslide
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LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the dawn of a new America
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Jonathan Darman
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Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and the dismantling of modern American politics
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eng
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In politics, the man who takes the highest spot after a landslide is not standing on solid ground. In this riveting work of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the story of two giants of American politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and shows how, from 1963 to 1966, these two men--the same age, and driven by the same heroic ambitions--changed American politics forever
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  • Former Newsweek political reporter Darman sizes up the careers of two political powerhouses and craftsmen, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan, while claiming that each man's impressive litany of achievements influenced the historical arc of American leadership. In this smart and perceptive narrative, Darman discusses the contrasts between the two Americas they envisioned—more specifically, the disparities between LBJ's liberal Great Society policies and Reagan's hardline conservative agenda. Both driven and ambitious, Johnson, the down-to-earth Texas cowboy and career politician, and Reagan, "the Errol Flynn of the B-movies" and rising Goldwater heir, zigzagged their respective ways to the White House, overcoming personal setbacks, political ambushes, and intraparty conflict along the way. On the one hand, LBJ championed the poor and civil rights, yet his hugely popular regime was leveled by the Vietnam War's economic and military burden. On the other, Reagan's amiable right-wing chatter made him the darling first of Californians and later of the entire country, yet critics panned him for his lackluster Tinseltown history. Darman's sincere and informative approach animates these historic figures, bringing them from the nostalgia of old TV clips and fading newsprint to the forefront of an engaging historical discussion. Agent: Sarah Chalfant, the Wylie Agency. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 15, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 37, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ President Lyndon Baines Johnson was riding high in 1964 when he routed Barry Goldwater in the presidential election that swept in a period of dynamic liberal legislation. Just two years later, LBJ's Great Society imploded, setting the stage for former TV and movie star Ronald Reagan and the modern conservative movement that would dominate America for the rest of the 20th century. Former Newsweek political reporter Darman's compelling, sweeping narrative explores the myths that Johnson and Reagan invented about themselves. As the author reveals, both men were driven to portray themselves as heroic "men on horseback" who would lead America to greatness, ultimately impossible roles to play. More of the book is devoted to Johnson, notably his insecurity and the depression brought about by the loss of his constituents over Vietnam and urban riots. Reagan was much more comfortable with himself and basked in the limelight of his election as governor of California in 1966 while planning for a future presidential run. VERDICT Reminiscent of such spellbinders as Rick Perlstein's Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus and Jeff Shesol's Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud That Defined a Decade , this title will engross readers of political history.— Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA --Karl Helicher (Reviewed September 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 15, p94)
  • An intimate chronicle of the 1,000 days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, during which there was a sea change in the American electorate.President Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan both enjoyed huge election landslides, the former in his 1964 re-election bid as the standard bearer of the Great Society programs and the latter leading the conservative backlash in his defeat of Pat Brown as governor of California in 1966. In this sympathetic dual character study, former Newsweek correspondent Darman focuses on these two savvy politicians, who managed to capture the prevailing public mood and convince the voters that the best was yet to come—either for the progressive cause or the less-government-is-better platform, respectively—during a time of wrenching change in American society. Despite the prevailing shock and gloom that ensued after the assassination, LBJ, the depressed vice president largely ignored by Kennedyâ€TMs administration, was galvanized by a sense of duty and legacy, becoming the “Man-in-Motion” who effected a staggering number of progressive achievements in the spirit of the dead president: civil rights legislation, poverty alleviation and education reform, Medicare and voting rights, among others. In his accomplishments during his first 100 days of office, LBJ rivaled those of FDR. Soon after, however, everything began to unravel, sowing a sense of anxiety within the country: the racial confrontation on the Selma, Alabama, Edmund Pettus Bridge; escalation of the Vietnam War; and the Watts riots. Although LBJ had crushed Barry Goldwater, the conservatives gained new impetus in Reaganâ€TMs more appealingly packaged, moderate, yet still-hard-hitting anti-government speeches. The author masterfully conveys LBJâ€TMs agony, as well as former actor Reaganâ€TMs free-wheeling spirit: He was the “Errol Flynn of the B movies” who had aged out of his previous roles and needed a new gig as an American hero.Ambitious, studious portraits pulled together nicely by Darman.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2014)
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10351849
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Darman, Jonathan
Dewey number
320.097309/046
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E846
LC item number
.D37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Johnson, Lyndon B.
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Johnson, Lyndon B.
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Politics, Practical
  • Political culture
  • Social change
  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Political and social views
  • Political culture
  • Political science
  • Politics, Practical
  • Social change
  • United States
  • United States
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Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and the dismantling of modern American politics
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Landslide : LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the dawn of a new America, Jonathan Darman
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 416-427) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Shadows. -- Stories : November 23, 1963 -- Watching : November 22-24, 1963 -- Myths : November 25-29, 1963 -- Home : December 25, 1963-January 6, 1964 -- Choosing. -- B Movie : February to July 1964 -- Everybody's scared : Summer 1964 -- Sacrifice : October to December 1964 -- Valley of the Black Pig : January 23 to April 9, 1965 -- The cost. -- Lonely acres : Summer 1965 -- Like a winner : September 1965-June 1966 -- A Thousand Days : August to December 1966
Control code
1051011
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxx, 448 pages
Isbn
9781400067084
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013047619
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9781400067084
  • (OCoLC)871186652
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Landslide : LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the dawn of a new America, Jonathan Darman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 416-427) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Shadows. -- Stories : November 23, 1963 -- Watching : November 22-24, 1963 -- Myths : November 25-29, 1963 -- Home : December 25, 1963-January 6, 1964 -- Choosing. -- B Movie : February to July 1964 -- Everybody's scared : Summer 1964 -- Sacrifice : October to December 1964 -- Valley of the Black Pig : January 23 to April 9, 1965 -- The cost. -- Lonely acres : Summer 1965 -- Like a winner : September 1965-June 1966 -- A Thousand Days : August to December 1966
Control code
1051011
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxx, 448 pages
Isbn
9781400067084
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013047619
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400067084
  • (OCoLC)871186652

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