Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America

Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America

Jonathan Darman


In politics, the guy who takes the top spot after a landslide isn't status on good ground.
 
during this riveting paintings of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the tale of 2 giants of yank politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and indicates how, from 1963 to 1966, those men—the comparable age, and pushed through an analogous heroic ambitions—changed American politics forever.
 
The liberal and the conservative. The deal-making arm tornado and the cool communicator. The Texas rancher and the Hollywood superstar. Opposites in politics and elegance, Johnson and Reagan shared a defining impulse: to set forth a grand tale of the USA, a narrative during which he may be the hero. within the tumultuous days after the Kennedy assassination, Johnson and Reagan every one, in flip, seized the opportunity to provide the rustic a brand new imaginative and prescient for the long run. Bringing to existence their brilliant personalities and the nervous temper of the United States in a notably transformative time, Darman exhibits how, in promising the very unlikely, Johnson and Reagan together dismantled the lengthy American culture of consensus politics and ushered in a brand new period of fracture. heritage involves existence in Darman’s bright, fly-on-the wall storytelling.
 
whilst Johnson publicly revels in his triumphs, we see him develop enthusiastic about darkish forces he believes are out to wreck him, whereas his spouse, girl chicken, urges her husband to place apart his paranoia and notice the area because it quite is. and because the conflict in Vietnam threatens to overhaul his presidency, we witness Johnson desperately suffering to compensate with ever extra extravagant gives you for his nice Society.
 
at the different aspect of the rustic, Ronald Reagan, a fading actor years faraway from his Hollywood glory, steadily turns towards a brand new occupation in California politics. We watch him offering speeches to crowds who're determined for a brand new chief. And we see him wielding his well-honed intuition for timing, anticipating Johnson’s majestic offers to turn out empty ahead of he steps again into the highlight, on his lengthy trip towards the presidency.
 
From Johnson’s election in 1964, the best popular-vote landslide in American background, to the pivotal 1966 midterms, whilst Reagan burst forth onto the nationwide level, Landslide brings alive a rustic transformed—by riots, protests, the increase of tv, the shattering of consensus—and the 2 towering personalities whose offerings in these moments could reverberate during the state for many years to come.
 
Praise for Landslide
 
“Richly specified . . . Landslide is a brilliant retelling of a tumultuous 3 years in American background, and Mr. Darman captures in complete the personalities and factors of 2 of the 20th century’s so much consequential politicians.”The long island Times
 
“Novel or even incredible . . . Landslide deftly reminds readers that Johnson and Reagan either trafficked in grandiose oratory and promoted utopian visions at odds with the social complexity of contemporary America.”The Washington Post
 
“Riveting . . . Darman portrays [Johnson and Reagan] as polar opposites of political charm. . . . lively via the crafty perception that they have been males of unhappiness headed towards an appointment with heritage . . . A story approximately myths and a kingdom that believed them, a few international of a part century in the past now long past forever.”—The Boston Globe
 
“Alert to the subtleties of politics and political background, Darman, a former correspondent for Newsweek, nimbly explores fable and self-delusion on the maximum levels.”—The manhattan instances booklet Review

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