The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution 1980–1989
(Crown Forum, 2009)
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Steven Hayward’s first volume of The Age of Reagan ended with the president’s election. The second volume provides a complete narrative history of the Reagan presidency and its aftermath, covering both domestic and foreign policy. Hayward pays special attention to Reagan’s battles within his own party as well as opposition from Democrats, and assesses how Reagan changed both parties. By his own account, Reagan set out to restore the constitutional limits on American government, thereby reviving the hope for individual liberty that motivated the American founding. Please join us for a lively discussion of Reagan’s successes and failures as president, especially regarding the ongoing struggle to limit government to its proper sphere.