The man who sold the world : Ronald Reagan and the betrayal of Main Street America

Kleinknecht, William, 1960-

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  • Creator William Kleinknecht
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York : Nation Books, [2009] ©2009
  • Physical Details
    • xxvii, 317 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9781568584102, 1568584105
  • OCLC ocn246893612


  • 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 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. 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.--From publisher description.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-297) and index.


  • Forgotten roots -- Two views of America -- The invasion -- Year zero -- The looting of America -- Merger mania -- The effluvia of commerce -- The spoils of revolution -- The great enabler -- "The man with the badge" -- The second-rate society
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