Saturday, May 02, 2009

What I'm reading

Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History by John Patrick Diggins

A thoughtful and provocative book. Diggins argues that Reagan is among the top tier of American Presidents, yet is willing to criticize him when it is merited. He spreads his criticism around, aiming it at liberals, conservatives and neoconservatives, although the neoconservatives get the lion's share. Political observers today forget just how critical of Reagan conservatives were, especially in his second term. Diggins argues that Reagan's greatest achievement was ending, not winning, the Cold War through negotiation with Gorbachev. Reagan believed in negotiation from a position of strength. The neoconservatives did not believe in negotiation.


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