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Ronald Reagan By David T Byrne

Ronald Reagan by David T Byrne

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Historian David Byrne offers an analysis of the ideas that informed Ronald Reagan's political philosophy and policy ideas.

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Ronald Reagan: An Intellectual Biography by David T Byrne

In this ambitious work, David Byrne analyzes the ideas that informed Ronald Reagan's political philosophy and policies. Rather than appraising his personal and emotional life, Byrne's intellectual biography goes one step further; it establishes a rationale for the former president's motives, discussing how thinkers such as Plato and Adam Smith influenced him. Byrne points to three historical forces that shaped Reagan's political philosophy: Christian values, particularly the concept of a universal kingdom of God; America's firm belief in freedom as the greatest political value and its aversion to strong centralized governments; and the appeasement era of World War II, which stimulated Reagan's aggressive and confrontational foreign policy. Byrne's account of the fortieth president augments previous work on Reagan with a new model for understanding him. Byrne shows how Reagan took conservatism and the Republican Party in a new direction, departing from the traditional conservatism of Edmund Burke and Russell Kirk. His desire to spread a "Kingdom of Freedom" both at home and abroad changed America's political landscape forever and inspired a new conservatism that persists to this day.

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Ronald Reagan: An Intellectual Biography provides unique insight into the mind of one of America's most enigmatic presidents. This lucid work makes Ronald Reagan more comprehensible. It is an important contribution to Reagan scholarship."" - Peter Schweizer, author of Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism

""This book is a commendable effort to take Ronald Reagan eminently seriously for his intellect and his intellectual ideas, which indeed formed the basis of Reagan's life and his presidency. Byrne accurately deduces the preeminent influence of faith and freedom in the life and mind of Reagan, who called faith and freedom the `twin beacons' that brighten the American sky. America needed the guidance of both, and Reagan himself was guided by both."" - Paul Kengor, PhD, author of God and Ronald Reagan and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

About David T Byrne

David Byrne is an adjunct professor of history at California Baptist University and Santa Monica College. He contributes to the blogs The American Thinker and Crisis: A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Reagan's Religious Roots
  • Chapter 2: From Liberal to Conservative
  • Chapter 3: Domestic Ideas: Fostering Freedom at Home
  • Chapter 4: Reagan, Christianity, and the Enlightenment
  • Chapter 5: The Lessons of Appeasement: A Moral View of the Cold War
  • Chapter 6: Reagan's Foreign Policy: Promoting Freedom Abroad
  • Chapter 7: Did Reagan's Ideas Matter?
  • Chapter 8: The Reagan Intellectual Legacy
  • Conclusion
  • Ronald Reagan "A Time for Choosing"
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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    Ronald Reagan: An Intellectual Biography by David T Byrne
    Potomac Books Inc
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