From one of the nation's leading historians comes a powerful reappraisal of American political life in the era after Watergate.
Princeton history professor Sean Wilentz takes no prisoners. He has ranked George W. Bush among the absolute worst presidents and faulted Barack Obama's media supporters as dupes of "instinct" politics; in the 1990s he mixed it up with right-wingers trying to bring down President Clinton. Equally at home commenting on hip trends in music, social criticism, race relations, and current politics, Wilentz combines the reflexes of a street fighter with the formidable apparatus of American scholarship. In this work, which follows on the success of The Rise of American Democracy, his well-received earlier effort to contextualize Jefferson and Jackson in preCivil War America, Wilentz attempts to place Ronald Reagan's reinvigoration of the conservative movement and his presidency in the broad sweep of post-Watergate America.