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Reaganland: A Conversation with Rick Perlstein

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:00pm

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Join the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs as we welcome Rick Perlstein, to discuss "Reaganland" moderated by Rep. Steve Israel and Chris Riback.

REAGANLAND is the long-anticipated fourth and final volume in Perlstein’s sweeping account of the rise of conservatism as the dominant force in American politics. Over two decades, four books, and more than three thousand pages, Perlstein has published the definitive history of the rise of conservatism, starting with Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of American Consensus (2002), and continuing through Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008), and The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan (2014). With the saga’s final installment, REAGANLAND, covering the years from Jimmy Carter’s election to his defeat at the hands of Ronald Reagan, Perlstein shows how much the nation changed over those years—and just as importantly, how those changes produced the world we live in now.

With the approach of another divisive election, Perlstein’s book seems especially necessary. (He even describes both President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden coming to national prominence during this period.) REAGANLAND is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand how American politics arrived where it is today.

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This event is open to current members of the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs and the Cornell community. Non-Members may be considered based on availability.

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