Reaganland by Rick Perlstein audiobook

Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980

By Rick Perlstein
Read by Samantha Desz , Jonathan Todd Ross , Jacques Roy , and Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781476793054


Format: Retail CD (In Stock)
  • $129.99

    ISBN: 9781797103983

Runtime: 45.32 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A New York Times Pick for August

A London Observer Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Month

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

From the bestselling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge comes the dramatic conclusion of how conservatism took control of American political power.

Over two decades, Rick Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in modern American politics. With the saga’s final installment, he has delivered yet another stunning literary and historical achievement.

In late 1976, Ronald Reagan was dismissed as a man without a political future: defeated in his nomination bid against a sitting president of his own party, blamed for President Gerald Ford’s defeat, too old to make another run. His comeback was fueled by an extraordinary confluence: fundamentalist preachers and former segregationists reinventing themselves as militant crusaders against gay rights and feminism; business executives uniting against regulation in an era of economic decline; a cadre of secretive “New Right” organizers deploying state-of-the-art technology, bending political norms to the breaking point—and Reagan’s own unbending optimism, his ability to convey unshakable confidence in America as the world’s “shining city on a hill.”

Meanwhile, a civil war broke out in the Democratic party. When President Jimmy Carter called Americans to a new ethic of austerity, Senator Ted Kennedy reacted with horror, challenging him for reelection. Carter’s Oval Office tenure was further imperiled by the Iranian hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, near-catastrophe at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant, aviation accidents, serial killers on the loose, and endless gas lines.

Backed by a reenergized conservative Republican base, Reagan ran on the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”—and prevailed. Reaganland is the story of how that happened, tracing conservatives’ cutthroat strategies to gain power and explaining why they endure four decades later.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s all here—the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, brother Billy, the Panama Canal Treaty, California’s Proposition 13 cutting property taxes, supply-side economics, the ‘killer rabbit,’ direct mail, the Ford Pinto, Ted Kennedy, Three Mile Island, malaise and a hundred other incidents and stories that defined these tumultuous years…[A] meticulously researched narrative history.” The Guardian (London)
“Terrific…Perlstein’s rapid-fire style of chronological narrative is riveting, like the world’s most exciting microfilm scroll.” Slate
“Traces Reagan’s political comeback and how he reinvigorated the Republican Party’s base with his pledge to ‘Make America Great Again.’ Perlstein, an engaging storyteller, offers a clear guide to the intellectual and ideological debates of the time.” New York Times
“Perlstein’s works…resemble reading several years of news, with the benefit of hindsight. They succeed when they can make sense of the structure of people’s feelings in a time of significant social division.” New Republic, praise for the series
“Perlstein, a local historian, wraps up his acerbic, thoroughly researched, and energetic series on the conservative movement with this tome covering the four years just before Ronald Reagan began his tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” Chicago Magazine
“In this long but never-a-wasted-word account, much is depressingly familiar…A valuable road map that charts how events from forty years ago helped lead us to where we are now.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Masterfully connects deep currents of social change and ideology to prosaic politics, which he conveys in elegant prose studded with vivid character sketches and colorful electoral set-pieces.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)



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Author Bio: Rick Perlstein

Author Bio: Rick Perlstein

Rick Perlstein is the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan; Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications; and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history and appeared on the best books of the year lists of the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. He is a contributing editor and board member of In These Times magazine.

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Available Formats : Retail CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 45.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English