Reagan's America: Innocents at Home by Garry Wills

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'“This book is not only great fun, but also exciting to read. Wills is a wonderful stylist, and as a theorist he is a high-wire performer.” —The Washington Post Book World   “For efforts to find Mr. Reagan’s ‘place in history,’ this book is indispensable.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Wills has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the most acute and literate observers of the American past and present, and this volume is a delightful read, often very funny, sharply thoughtful and analytical, always telling. . . . The definitive analysis of a personality and a career.” —London Review of Books   “By far, the best thing that anyone has written about Reagan.” —Alan Brinkley, National Book Award–winning author of Voices of Protest   “The best book yet by a profound student of the culture of the American presidency. Mr. Wills illuminates the symbiosis linking Middle American religion, the illusory reality of Hollywood, Ronald Reagan’s career, and the meaning of his presidency. The book is consistently entertaining. The conclusions about American politics are disturbing.” —Foreign Affairs   “He lets us, friend and foe alike, see not only the roots of the man’s staggering public appeal, but also where the seams are tucked.” —The Boston Globe   “No other contemporary American writes so furiously and so intelligently about such a plentitude of subjects. . . . America’s greatest living intellectual.” —The American Prospect   “A timely and brilliant analysis . . . Written with all the wit, originality and intelligence that Wills brought to lnventing America, Nixon Agonistes and The Kennedy Imprisonment . . . A provocative, readable, unique account with sources, inspirations, and implications far beyond mere politics.” —Kirkus Reviews   “Garry Wills is a thinker of the first rank. He combines the vigor of the social critic with the depth of the historian.” —The New Republic   “Ambitious and insightful.” —Publishers Weekly   “Wills explodes many of the myths that pervade the Reagan persona, including his evocations of an idyllic childhood, the virtues of the Wild West, and his distrust of government. As eloquent and provocative as the author’s Nixon Agonistes.” —Library Journal  '
'“This book is not only great fun, but also exciting to read. Wills is a wonderful stylist, and as a theorist he is a high-wire performer.” —The Washington Post Book World   “For efforts to find Mr. Reagan’s ‘place in history,’ this book is indispensable.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Wills has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the most acute and literate observers of the American past and present, and this volume is a delightful read, often very funny, sharply thoughtful and analytical, always telling. . . . The definitive analysis of a personality and a career.” —London Review of Books   “By far, the best thing that anyone has written about Reagan.” —Alan Brinkley, National Book Award–winning author of Voices of Protest   “The best book yet by a profound student of the culture of the American presidency. Mr. Wills illuminates the symbiosis linking Middle American religion, the illusory reality of Hollywood, Ronald Reagan’s career, and the meaning of his presidency. The book is consistently entertaining. The conclusions about American politics are disturbing.” —Foreign Affairs   “He lets us, friend and foe alike, see not only the roots of the man’s staggering public appeal, but also where the seams are tucked.” —The Boston Globe   “No other contemporary American writes so furiously and so intelligently about such a plentitude of subjects. . . . America’s greatest living intellectual.” —The American Prospect   “A timely and brilliant analysis . . . Written with all the wit, originality and intelligence that Wills brought to lnventing America, Nixon Agonistes and The Kennedy Imprisonment . . . A provocative, readable, unique account with sources, inspirations, and implications far beyond mere politics.” —Kirkus Reviews   “Garry Wills is a thinker of the first rank. He combines the vigor of the social critic with the depth of the historian.” —The New Republic   “Ambitious and insightful.” —Publishers Weekly   “Wills explodes many of the myths that pervade the Reagan persona, including his evocations of an idyllic childhood, the virtues of the Wild West, and his distrust of government. As eloquent and provocative as the author’s Nixon Agonistes.” —Library Journal  '
Publisher: Open Road Media ISBN: 9781504045414 Pages: 590