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Description - Reagan's Disciple by Lou Cannon

This is an insightful examination of what remains of the Reagan agenda in the Bush era by a father/son reporting team that has covered six of the last seven presidencies.George W Bush ran for office promising to continue what conservative icon Ronald Reagan started, and two years into his first term, Bush was still being described as "Reagan's son". Today, with the Iraq War spinning out of control and the Democrats in charge of Congress, Republicans and the conservative movement have all but abandoned George W Bush. What happened? Did Bush change, or did his party's perceptions? Has the war and Bush's performance on other issues derailed the larger goals of the Reagan Revolution - and even undermined its foundations? Or does the nation remain on a conservative path despite Bush's low standing with his fellow Americans?In "Reagan's Disciple", two widely respected reporter/historians provide an authoritative and concise investigation into these issues. They describe the essence of the 40th and the 43rd presidencies, and compare them to shed new light on the history of the past three decades. They show both how extraordinary a leader Reagan was, and how preposterous the expectations for Bush were from the beginning. As Americans look toward choosing a new leader in 2008, "Reagan's Disciple" will serve as an instructive tale for Republicans, Democrats and independents alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586484484
ISBN-10: 1586484486
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x 30mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Reagan's Disciple by Lou Cannon

US Kirkus Review » Leading Reagan biographer Cannon (Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power, 2003, etc.) teams with son Carl (The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War, 2003, etc.) to measure George W. Bush against the Gipper's formidable shadow.During the course of his successful political career, Ronald Reagan renovated the Republican Party, a transformation neatly replicated in miniature within the Bush family. Any Republican seriously aspiring to the Oval Office since 1988 has welcomed and sought comparisons to Reagan, no one more aggressively than the current occupant. As Bush's beleaguered presidency winds down, the Cannons deem him a worthy heir to Reagan on matters of tax and economic policies, judicial appointments and immigration issues. Otherwise, Bush shrivels in comparison to the Great Communicator. Where Reagan was flexible but aggressive, ruthless when necessary, attuned to public opinion and optimistic, Bush is stubborn, excessively loyal, passive and oddly indifferent to public opinion. Mindful of Reagan's failures in office, the authors, nevertheless, find none as egregious as the Iraq War, a conflict they conclude Reagan would have avoided, and one which will likely doom Bush's legacy. The Cannons detail how it all went wrong for Bush and how he strayed from the Reagan blueprint. Their narrative is distinguishable in three important ways from the innumerable Bush-bashing tomes that populate the bookshelves. First, the authors forthrightly confess that today's world moves rapidly and that events might still overtake the analysis they offer. Second, they avoid the hysterical, foaming-at-the-mouth tone that assessments of Bush often inspire. Third, they acknowledge the rich irony of using Reagan to hammer Bush, a favorite pastime of folks who had little use for the Californian while he was governing.Impossible for admirers of the current president to dismiss, the Cannons' detailed reporting, fluid style and mature judgment will particularly delight Bush's many critics. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Lou Cannon

Carl M Cannon is the White House correspondent for National Journal, the author of The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War and co-author of Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Architect of George W Bush's Remarkable Political Triumphs. He lives in Washington D.C. Lou Cannon covered Ronald Reagan for thirty-six years, first as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, later as The Washington Post White House correspondent. The author of five other books on Reagan, including President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, he lives in California.

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