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 really status on reliable ground.
 
during this riveting paintings of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the tale of 2 giants of yankee politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and indicates how, from 1963 to 1966, those men—the comparable age, and pushed by means of a similar 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 big name. Opposites in politics and elegance, Johnson and Reagan shared a defining impulse: to set forth a grand tale of the US, 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 supply the rustic a brand new imaginative and prescient for the long run. Bringing to lifestyles their vibrant personalities and the frightened temper of the USA in a extensively transformative time, Darman exhibits how, in promising the most 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 shiny, fly-on-the wall storytelling.
 
whilst Johnson publicly revels in his triumphs, we see him develop keen about darkish forces he believes are out to break him, whereas his spouse, girl chook, urges her husband to place apart his paranoia and notice the realm because it rather is. and because the battle 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 part of the rustic, Ronald Reagan, a fading actor years faraway from his Hollywood glory, steadily turns towards a brand new profession in California politics. We watch him providing speeches to crowds who're determined for a brand new chief. And we see him wielding his well-honed intuition for timing, awaiting Johnson’s majestic provides to end up empty prior to 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 kingdom for many years to come.
 
Praise for Landslide
 
“Richly specific . . . Landslide is a bright retelling of a tumultuous 3 years in American heritage, and Mr. Darman captures in complete the personalities and causes of 2 of the 20 th century’s so much consequential politicians.”The ny Times
 
“Novel or even mind-blowing . . . Landslide deftly reminds readers that Johnson and Reagan either trafficked in grandiose oratory and promoted utopian visions at odds with the social complexity of recent 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 sadness headed towards an appointment with background . . . A story approximately myths and a state that believed them, a couple of global 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 myth and self-delusion on the maximum levels.”—The ny instances booklet Review

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