Top positive review
Tremendous book, good value for money
on 14 February 2016
The third in historian Rick Perlstein's series of books examining the cranks, racists, and grifters who've helped shape the modern day Republican Party.
When compared with the first two in the series (Before the Storm, and Nixonland), what is striking is the change in tone adopted by the author.
While clearly no fan of Goldwater and Nixon, the anti-heroes of books 1 & 2, Pearlstein doesn't display the same level of antipathy towards them that he shows Ronald Reagan, the chief character in this book.
Is Reagan deserving of his acerbic wit?
Well, that depends on what you think of the bumbling liar whose idiotic economic ideas harmed the world in the 1980s.
If you enjoy character assassinations, obscure pop culture references, and tremendous writing, this is the book for you.