We Should Have Seen It Coming : From Reagan to Trump--a Front-Row Seat to a Political Revolution
Seib, Gerald F.
Random House Inc 2020/08
281 p. illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1
The executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal chronicles the astonishing rise, climax, and decline of one of the great political movements in American history the forty-year reign of the conservative movement, from the election of Ronald Reagan to the Republican Party's takeover by Donald Trump.
In 1980, President-Elect Ronald Reagan ushered in conservatism as the most powerful political force in America. His efforts to reshape the government with tax cuts, deregulation, increased military spending, and a more conservative social policy falteredat first. But the economy roared back, and the Reagan revolution was on. Seib shows how this conservative movement came to dominate national politics, then began to evolve into the populist movement that Donald Trump rode to power. He shows how a populist revolution was brewing-- and became a precursor of the Trump takeover. -- adapted from jacket