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Morning in America:
How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980's
Gil Troy

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"Reagan remains our national Rorschach test, a good guide to what we think about the issues of our time. . . . With a year-by-year analysis of the 80's, set in the context of popular culture, Mr. Troy measures the social and cultural consequences of Reagan's free-market agenda. Optimism, individualism, consumerism and even hedonism promote prosperity. But they can--and Mr. Troy believes they did--dilute a sense of community and civic virtue, devalue a nation's social capital, and accelerate the descent into alienation and cynicism."--Glenn C. Altschuler, New York Observer

"Troy not only captures Reagan the leader but also the watershed decade he dominated and defined."--Bill Pierce, Toronto Sun

"Troy's book . . . cannot help being engaging, packed as it is with memorabilia of the Reagan years. . . . Troy . . . makes a communitarian critique of the Reagan era. He is on solid ground in contending that America became more individualistic and materialistic under Regan, and also in noting that the trend predated and postdated his presidency."--Ramesh Ponnuru, Claremont Review of Books

"One of Troy's key points is that our memory of Reagan makes his reign seem either more idyllic or more tyrannical than it was in reality. . .. Gil Troy has given us a fascinating look at a crucial decade."--Timothy Barney, Rhetoric and Public Affairs


"I thoroughly enjoyed every single chapter of Morning in America! Gil Troy has written a wonderful book: important, full of fresh insights, and fun to read. I especially like how he weaves the cultural phenomena of the time with Reagan's personal qualities and influence, showing how Reagan was affected by the culture around him and how he changed it."--Lesley Stahl, Correspondent, 60 Minutes

"Bravo! Gil Troy's readable, entertaining, and compelling book does a masterful job of capturing the challenges Ronald Reagan and I faced in office. This superb book's original insight into the linkage between politics and culture not only explains what happened during Reagan's presidency and the 1980s, it offers essential insight into the continuing debates about the key challenges facing North Americans today."--The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada

"Lively and insightful; will equally fascinate admirers and detractors of the Reagan presidency."--David Frum, author of How We Got Here: The 70s--The Decade That Brought You Modern Life

"This fast-paced, consistently readable book successfully combines two difficult tasks. It is at once a first-rate interpretive presidential history and a stimulating exposition of the culture of the 1980s. Troy has given us a sweeping, balanced--and indispensable--account of the Reagan Era."--Alonzo L. Hamby, Ohio University, author of For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s

"This remarkable book is well structured, replete with insight and fresh interpretations, nuanced, and written with verve and passion. Reading it was both thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly informative."--Bruce Schulman, Boston University, author of The Seventies

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