By William Kleinknecht
This rigorously calibrated snapshot is whole fiction, argues award-winning journalist William Kleinknecht. The Reagan presidency used to be epoch shattering, yet not—as his propagandists could have it—because it invigorated deepest firm or made the US think powerful back. His actual legacy was once the dismantling of an eight-decade interval of reform within which operating humans got an extraordinary sway over our politics, our financial system, and our tradition. Reagan halted this virtually overnight.
In the culture of Thomas Frank’s What’s the problem with Kansas?, Kleinknecht explores center America—starting with Reagan’s homeland of Dixon, Illinois—and indicates that because the Reagan legend grows, his precise legacy keeps to decimate center America.
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