From one of the nation's leading historians comes a powerful reappraisal of American political life since the fall of Nixon. 16-page b&w photo insert.From one of the nation's leading historians comes a powerful reappraisal of American political life since the fall of Nixon. 16-page b&w photo insert.Read Less
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Wilentz offers a concise and readable history of American politics from the fall of Nixon to the rise of George W. Bush. He does an excellent job of detailing America's fluctuating economic woes and demythologizing certain aspects of the Reagan mystique. His portraits of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are especially well-drawn. He also does a nice job detailing the more flagrant abuses of power by GWB without becoming shrill and hysterical. My one criticism would be that Wilentz assumes a priori that social programs for the poor are the right thing to do and consequently flattens out the distinctions between those who oppose such programs.
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