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The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics by [Matthew Dallek]

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Dr. Kevin Starr State Librarian of California and author of The Americans and the California Dream series Exhaustively researched in primary sources, The Right Moment nevertheless moves at a breathtaking pace. Ours is a golden age of political biography and reportage, and with this stunning debut Matthew Dallek joins the front ranks of practitioners. In the 1966 gubernatorial contest between Ronald Reagan and Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, long-standing alliances collapsed and the politics of the nation itself veered in a new and post-New Deal direction. Here at once is the inside story and the national significance of what happened that summer and fall in volatile California.

Herbert S. Parmet author of Richard Nixon and His America A valuable and perhaps definitive account of a most crucial encounter. I admire its lucid and judicious approach, which gives it a voice that inspires confidence. This is essential reading on the 1960s and the rise of contemporary conservatism.

Alan Brinkley author of Liberalism and Its Discontents A rich, multidimensional picture not only of the 1966 California gubernatorial election but also of the contrasting political worlds out of which the two candidates came. The Right Moment helps explain how and why the confident, optimistic (and at times somewhat arrogant) liberalism of the 1950s and 1960s unraveled, and how newly powerful conservative forces moved in to pick up the pieces.

William E. Leuchtenburg William Rand Kenan Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Bill Clinton In his very lively account, replete with many vivid characterizations, Matthew Dallek convincingly demonstrates that Ronald Reagan's election to the California governorship in 1966 was not only a milestone in the rise of the American right, but also a gravestone in the demise of American liberalism.

Irwin F. Gellman author of The Contender: Richard Nixon, The Congress Years, 1946-1952 Matthew Dallek dissects the complex drama of Ronald Reagan's rise in 1966, with its fascinating characters and explosive issues. Edmund "Pat" Brown comes to life as both a sympathetic liberal Democratic governor and a politician unable to cope with the dilemmas created by student upheavals, African-American frustrations, and Vietnam protests. Reagan gradually changes from an image on a movie screen to a voice for sanity and the voters' choice. The Right Moment is well balanced, well researched, and riveting. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Matthew Dallek, a former speechwriter for Richard A. Gephardt, earned his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University in 1999. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and other national publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B000FC0THC
  • Publisher : Free Press (19 September 2000)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 5476 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 304 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 068484320X
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