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Rick Perlstein on the Rise of Reagan

Author Rick Perlstein's new book, “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan,” which will be published this fall, is part of his series of books on the rise of the conservative right in this country. I've read the first and most of the second and plan on reading this one, too. Besides the history, it will probably spark a lot of memories, since 1972 to 1976, when I was 9 to 13, were wheelhouse years for my memory.

As part of the promo, and maybe just for general edification for folks who don't read, Perlstein has done a YouTube “History in Five” piece on the rise of Reagan. Think about the lesson as you're watching. What did Reagan believe that others didn't? I'll put my answer in the comments section. 

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Posted at 01:38 PM on Wed. Jul 30, 2014 in category U.S. History  


Erik wrote:

Reagan believed in optimism and wish-fulfillment fantasy, and that's what Reagan offered a majority of Americans. He did so at a time when even Hollywood, where Reagan began, and which are masters of the wish-fulfillment fantasy, no longer offered it on a regular basis. It was the time of the antihero, and the horror film, and the disaster film. Those are the movies that made money in the mid-1970s. What changed this attitude in Hollywood was “Rocky” and “Star Wars” and “Superman,” and what changed it in politics was Reagan. No one has been able to win the presidency since Reagan without following his formula. It's pretty simple. You just gotta sell what we all want to buy. Or believe.

Comment posted on Wed. Jul 30, 2014 at 01:38 PM
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