Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future

Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future By Will Bunch, Tear Down This Myth How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future Nearly two decades after leaving office and four years after his death the legend of Ronald Reagan looms larger than ever over America s political life Nowhere has that been evident than in the
  • Title: Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future
  • Author: Will Bunch
  • ISBN: 9781416597629
  • Page: 218
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  • Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future By Will Bunch, Nearly two decades after leaving office and four years after his death, the legend of Ronald Reagan looms larger than ever over America s political life Nowhere has that been evident than in the 2008 presidential campaign, with Republicans especially presumptive nominee John McCain appearing to run aggressively for the Reagan mantle than for the White HouseNearly two decades after leaving office and four years after his death, the legend of Ronald Reagan looms larger than ever over America s political life Nowhere has that been evident than in the 2008 presidential campaign, with Republicans especially presumptive nominee John McCain appearing to run aggressively for the Reagan mantle than for the White House itself, and with even Democrats debating how to add some Reagan lustre to their progressive platform It will build upon existing volume of works about the Reagan presidency, contemporary news accounts and the work of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, with interviews with key Reagan scholars and contemporaries, to produce a narrative arc that breaks down the key myths about Reagan and his record, the intentional creation of these myths in the 1990s and 2000s and their role in 21st Century politics, including the Bush presidency, the 2008 election, and beyond
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    1. The book starts with a description of the Cult of personality as applied to Reaganstep 1 Eliminate any negative reference, such as Iran Contrastep 2 Award credit where it is not due Cold War was Reagan alone, ignoring 40 yearsstep 3 Whitewashing any qualities that don t mesh with the new vision Good Qualities as well as bad, such as the fact that he talked with the enemy and compromised and raised taxesI was frankly amazed that there was so much good to say about the man, of course it was mainly [...]


    2. I enjoyed this book though I have to admit I was surprised by its even handedness Reagan had some unexpected successes for which he actually fails to get acknowledgement forays towards the political middle Of course, there is also much he did that was damaging and needs to be remembered for an informed review of his presidency Iran Contra scandal, gutting of necessary social programs, astrologist in the White House, indifference to AIDS.


    3. A disturbing and perplexing trend in American politics is for Republican pundits and politicians to evoke a hagiographic portrayal of the ultra conservative and unyielding Ronald Reagan, usually as justification for some far right policy or in the case of politicians to claim themselves the true heir of the beloved Gipper Will Bunch exposes this phenomenon for what it is attachment to a myth that is completely divorced from the facts of Reagan s presidency Despite the glorious rhetoric that has [...]


    4. A very interesting analysis of the Reagan legacy, especially of the irony of how Reagan s real achievement as president is overlooked reduction of the world s nuclear arms while he s given credit for things he didn t do like end the Cold War Also intriguing is the blind eye that s been turned to the Constitutional abuses of Iran Contra and effect Reagan still has on modern American politics Most surprising, and appalling, was learning of Operation Serenade the purposeful plan to turn Reagan s fu [...]


    5. A balanced look at the Reagan Presidency and its perceived and real impact on the country In addition to setting the record straight on many of the things for which Reagan is given credit ie ending the Cold War it also provides an intriguing picture of the propoganda machine that has grown up in the Republican party since Reagan Bunch details the lengths to which Republicans and particularly Grover Norquist have gone to change peoples perception of the former president Shortly after the end of R [...]


    6. Will Bunch takes on the myths that have been attached to the memory of Ronald Reagan, since he left office in 1989, by a group of conservatives led by Grover Norquist No doubt there are many who call themselves Republicans who will themselves to believe in the Reagan Cult of Personality out of admiration for the man, but Norquist and his The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project bold ly and crudely p 56 of 645 set up a hugely successful cowboy modeled hero image to perpetuate the conservative agenda and [...]


    7. Despite the borderline offensive title to Conservatives , this book never once says Reagan wasn t a great President It distinguishes, though, between the actual decisions that made Reagan great which were the much pragmatic and moderate decisions, and his willingness to compromise and change with the tide and the myths that make Reagan iconic Bunch does an exceptional job of separating fact from fiction and putting the context back into an administration that has been glossed over and simplifie [...]


    8. A fair and honest work about the man who s direction is responsible for current predicaments Mythologized as a tax cutting, small government man with deeply religious and conservative ideals, Reagan was far from the myth he has become He raised taxes three times, after his initial cut His government grew larger then both Clinton and Carter s administration He rarely attended church after divorcing his religious wife and remarrying a woman deeply interested in numerology This does not mean he was [...]



    9. Really good book on Ronald Reagan s presidency It is actually pretty unbiased despite the title The right wing conservative movement has put Reagan on a pedestal in that he did no wrong in his presidency They create a mythic man and president that didn t exist alot of this occurred when the cable news channels became popular after his presidency The Fox News propaganda machine had a lot to do with it as did the right wing lobbyist and political advocate, Grover Norquist He was close to the Reaga [...]


    10. Very interesting analysis, though the author should have kept it a la Blink i.e the latter chapters and less political criticism i.e the primary chapters Begins a bit too negatively critical I think of Reagan and only moves towards the good parts of his 8yeras towards the end with analysis as to how Bush43 came with promises to be the next RR only to emulate his worst and ignore his best Does manage to stay very data based but would have been interesting if written from a less subjective viewp [...]


    11. Tear Down This Myth is an amalgamation of two things, a critique of the presidency of Ronald Reagan as well as a synopsis of how his presidency has affected the administrations that have followed it With the Reagan mythology having such a prominent place in the media today, it is refreshing to read a book that brings the idealistic presidency of Reagan down to Earth Author Will Bunch, through highlighting both the positive and negative aspects of the Reagan years, brings forth a thesis that whil [...]


    12. Despite the polarizing title of this book, the author is surprisingly even handed in discussing Reagan s legacy, is focused on tearing down the myth that has grown up around Reagan rather than the man himself Bunch takes great effort show the truth about what really happened during the Reagan presidency, although I would have liked him to spend even just a paragraph or two discussing some important events for the benefit of those who were not yet born or are too young to remember the events as [...]


    13. It was an excellent read It showed where the modern day GOP has changed our views on President Reagan and has given him undue credit Will Bunch does a wonder expose of the true Reagan days.


    14. Whew The funny thing about the Reagan Legacy is that not even those who want to pick up his mantle remember it fondly they remember what they WANTED it to be, and that s what they re trying to rekindle.Bunch does a nice job of recounting the things that Reagan is known for cutting taxes, shrinking government, being a tough guy in foreign affairs, bringing pride back to America, being the most popular president of our lifetime, being a great public speaker and it turns out the only thing they are [...]


    15. Mr Bunch, tear down this myth Tear Down This Myth looks at an issue that has increasingly become a political third rail in recent years, the legacy of U.S President Ronald Wilson Reagan Ronald Reagan has become a revered figure in GOP circles as the Party lacks any real comparable leadership these days as all other GOP candidates stand in the shadow of the Gipper One only needs to look at the amount of pandering by GOP candidates in 2008 and even in 2012 as they all attempt to take the mantle of [...]


    16. I grew up during the Reagan years, meaning that I was born 5 months before his election and remember little about him than the things implanted in my head by media, history books and polite, civil discussion I remember his speaking on tv after the Challenger disaster, I vaguely remember contemporary accounts of his speech at the Brandenberg Gate, but how much of that is filtered by the lens of current replay is impossible to tell Simply put, my generation has been brought up on the myths that s [...]


    17. It s a pretty good book The legacy of Ronald Reagan, who he was and what he actually accomplished during his years in office, has become a myth, transformed from reality by an organized campaign of propaganda His successes are distorted and inflated while his mistakes are minimized and buried.Reagan increased taxes on many American and his lasting tax cuts benefited only the very top income brackets He talked of believing in the constitution while circumventing it with the illegal funding Nicara [...]


    18. bunch does some good things here, but he doesn t break a lot of ground and spends considerably too much time opining and not enough time reportinge good a compelling description of the divide between the reality of reagan s presidency and how it is memorialized in our politics the idea that reagan single handedly ended the cold war gets the derision it deserves the flagrantly inaccurate recall of how reagan governed an ideologue who never backed down in his demand for never ending tax cuts is co [...]


    19. I felt that this book really hit on the important notes Although the Author is was clearly writing for a Liberal audience he didn t whore himself out to their every wishes, although he could have easily taken the easy road and been demeaning to the Reagan legacy I appreciate how he gave his best effort to take the neutral ground He does point out the flaws of Reagan s presidency and the complete fabrication of today s Right wing i.e Reagan ending the Cold War and pulling the country out of a rec [...]


    20. Whuaaaa This book just crashed my Tea Party You mean to say Reagan really had nothing to do with the Berlin Wall coming down or the collapse of the Soviet Union and that negotiations for the Iran Hostage Crisis had already been drawn up under the Carter Administration before the Gipper even took office You mean to say that contrary to what all my party representatives have asserted, Reagan s economic policies were really disastrous and these engendered the Wall Street culture of deregulation tha [...]


    21. Considering the cover blurbs I had hoped for a harsher critique than what I found We have here Ronald Wilson Reagan who negotiated illegally with Iran as a presidential candidate which is technically treasonous by the way, which isn t even mentioned Bunch then calls him pragmatic though what it comes across instead is that Reagan was essentially missing a personality He became whatever those around him wanted first the staunch New Dealer, then an abrupt break to Goldwater conservative following [...]


    22. I ve been wanting to read this for a while and I m glad I finally did As a fan of history, and specifically of FACTS, I can t help but get enraged by all of the distortions that are told in recent years In this book, Will Bunch does a great job of relaying his message in an incredibly fair and balanced way of presenting the facts and how they re portrayed in today s political world It is actually frightening to see how often we forget what really happened and just focus on the soundbites and mis [...]


    23. During Reagan s presidency I was too young to know anything about him or that time period as I was still playing in the mud with he man My introduction to him came from the recent 2006 2010 GOP revival of his image This book gave a light medium it cited sources for a fair number of its assertions introduction to his presidency, which I found useful It is quite readable while presenting plenty of facts with the express purpose of shedding light on the fallacies I d been introduced to from 2006 20 [...]


    24. this book is ok, it talks about how reagan thought pollution came from trees and how his brain was so fucked up in his second term from autism or whatever he forgot he didnt go to world war 2 and told a bunch of people he did it turns into a bush II hitpiece like halfway in, ok we get it, bush was pretty fail and stuff, low hanging fruit imho haha low hanging fruit, georg bush was a monkey who ate banana but my favorite part is it was written in 09 and it says it has hopes for the incoming presi [...]


    25. I was prety young in the 80 s, but did pay some attention to politics Remembering back to the politics of the time, I ve always wondered why so many things seem to be named after Ronald Reagan I also wonder why so many people in politics today try to emulate the man and have such nostalgia for what is remembered as his policies and achievements This book is a good analysis and explanation of the transformation of the memory of Reagan from what actually happened to how it is treated in current po [...]


    26. I recommend that liberals and conservatives alike read this book It takes a critical look at the Reagan presidency, demonstrating how the economic boom of the 80s was largely caused by factors out of the control of the White House and how the fall of communism had little to do with Reagan s actions, but also showing how Reagan worked diligently with Soviet Premier Gorbachev, negotiating with the enemy, to attempt to rid the world of nuclear weapons and how his communication skills as the Great C [...]


    27. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of Mr Bunch s book The author does a superb job of balancing President Reagan s accomplishments brokering nuclear arms deals and restoring the spirits of the American people as well as his failures racking up debt and allowing the Iran Contra crimes I wholeheartedly agreed with the author when he wrote, It has been a straight line, unfortunately, from the public s eager embrace of Reagan s optimism to the magical thinking and cynical manipulations of our c [...]


    28. A very good, very informative book However with books of this type footnotes or end notes are essential This book has end notes that reference the sources the author uses but they are just thrown in the back of the book There are no references in the text pointing to the specific end note so the reader is left to read all of the end notes and try to determine which one references the passage that was just read It can be very confusing.


    29. It s a great and long overdue political historical thesis, but I believe it works much better when presenting its case with razor sharp, clinical logic In its second half, the approach becomes a bit too journalistic for my tastet that I have anything against such an approach I simply believe this book ends up with two different, competing tones of voiced I wish it would have stuck to just one of them.


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